Ben Davies has refused to blame the windy conditions at Turf Moor for Tottenham’s defensive missteps against Burnley, insisting that his side had to defend set-pieces better, knowing the threat that Sean Dyche’s men pose.
The first half was an extremely scrappy affair with Antonio Conte’s men struggling to get control of the game. However, the away side gave a much better account of themselves after the interval and dominated proceedings.
Spurs failed to take their chances, with Harry Kane’s header coming off the woodwork and Dejan Kulusevski firing just wide off the far post.
They paid for their mistakes in front of goal, with Ben Mee rising above Cristian Romero to head in the match-winner on the 71st minute.
When asked if Tottenham had been dragged into a scrap with the Clarets, Davies told NBC Sports: “It didn’t feel like that too much on the pitch, I think the conditions were tough out there so it was always going to be a bit scrappy at times and to be honest, really disappointed right now.”
However, the Welshman refused to blame the windy conditions at Turf Moor for the defeat itself, admitting that Tottenham had to deal with the set-piece better than they did as they knew that the home side would pose an aerial threat.
When asked if the wind played a part in the ball’s trajectory, Davies responded: “Nah, not really. I just think we have got to just defend the set-piece better.
“We know how good Burnley are at set-pieces, they are a big threat and we have got to stop that basically if you want to get results here.”
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Romero did not cover himself in glory with the way he defended the set piece. He was never going to be able to win the header given that Mee had a run on him.
The Argentine should have tried to put off the Burnley defender from getting a clean connection. Instead, he jumped aimlessly and made it easy for Mee to get the header on target.
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