Tottenham Hotspur are now five games without a win after losing to West Ham, and Ange Postecoglou has shared his displeasure at what he saw from his side tonight.
Spirits were high for Spurs going into the game against the Hammers, after a bullish display against Manchester City at the weekend brought the reward of a hard-earned point at the home of the Premier League champions.
The Lilywhites dominated the first half tonight, too, but spurned a handful of good chances and could only take a one-goal lead into the break. Cristian Romero, on his return from suspension, headed the home side into the lead after 11 minutes from a corner.
But, in the second half, it was West Ham who played with the belief and energy to take the game to Spurs. Defensive mistakes from Ben Davies and Destiny Udogie gifted the Hammers golden opportunities, which Jarrod Bowen and James Ward-Prowse did not waste.
Postecoglou criticises Spurs players
He said: “It’s another game where we’ve dominated a game of football but we haven’t taken advantage. I thought we were poor in both areas with our finishing and also both goals we conceded were terrible.
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“We just lacked conviction in our shooting. It’s not to do with tiredness. People say we’re playing good football but we’re not showing any real conviction in the way we’re playing.
“People say we’re playing nice stuff but that’s not what I’m about. I want to win. We’re right at the beginning of what we’re trying to do and this only gives me further fuel.”
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Yes, the defensive mistakes were glaring tonight and really cost us, but it’s in attack that I’m most concerned about. We lacked any kind of real goal threat, and those wasted chances in the first half are what really hurt us.