Eric Dier has admitted that Tottenham made some sloppy mistakes against Southampton and should have emerged with all three points from St Mary’s on Saturday.

Spurs were the better side in the first half and got their reward just before half-time when Pedro Porro opened the scoring for the away side with his first goal in a Tottenham shirt.

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Southampton drew level at the start of the second half through Che Adams but Antonio Conte’s men responded in the right fashion as goals from Harry Kane and Ivan Perisic saw them take a two-goal lead.

However, the Lilywhites’ defensive issues again cost them as a Theo Walcott strike in the 77th minute and a stoppage-time penalty from James Ward-Prowse saw the South Coast club claim a point.

Dier admitted that Tottenham should have controlled the game better when they were 3-1 up with less than 15 minutes to go.

The centre-back told BBC Sport following the 3-3 draw: “Sloppy mistakes. We lost possession easily, we didn’t have control of the game at 3-1 when we should have. Really poor goals.

“We shouldn’t let them back into the game. They lost both their centre-backs and we should cause them a lot more problems. We only have ourselves to blame.”

Dier admitted that Spurs need to find some consistency if they are going to secure a top-four finish this season.

He added: “There will be lots of ups and downs for everybody fighting for top four and relegation. It will definitely go down to the last couple of weeks of the season. We need to find some consistency.”

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I have to admit that I was not confident even when we were 3-1 up, given how poor our away performances have been over the last couple of months.

We also never seem to be able to control possession under Antonio Conte, which means that we are always likely to come under pressure late on when we are trying to see out a lead.

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