Tottenham defender wants to ‘win ugly’ rather than lose ‘sexy’

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Danny Rose

Tottenham Hotspur are enjoying their joint best ever start to a Premier League campaign this season, despite losing three games in a row last month.

Spurs lost successive matches against Watford, Liverpool and Inter Milan, sparking worries of a lack of depth in the squad.

However, since then Tottenham have gone on to win four domestic matches in a row to pull them up to only two points off the league leaders.

The international break will also give the club time to assess and hopefully get injured players back in training.

The likes of Christian Eriksen, Dele Alli, Jan Vertonghen, Mousa Dembele, Serge Aurier and Luke Amos are all currently out injured.

Spurs beat Cardiff City by one goal to nil this weekend, but squandered countless chances to make it a far more comfortable win.

On another day, Cardiff could have easily found a late reply, just as Spurs conceded late goals to Watford and Inter last month.

Spurs defender Danny Rose is happy the club are learning to win ugly, but insists they must improve.

The Mirror report he said: “It’s a great sign and I’d rather win ugly than lose playing brilliant football.

“Points are all that matter right now. Hopefully when we get back [after the international break] the performances will come.

“History says under this manager that October, November and December is when we’re very strong and we look forward to it when we get back and we’ll see where we are.

“We have to learn how to kill teams off. We should have scored three or four against Cardff, easily.

“The defeat to Watford was very frustrating. It was a game we should not be losing. The loss to Liverpool – it was probably the right result. It’s mixed emotions but we can’t complain about where we are now. We go away and we’ve got a difficult game against West Ham when we get back.”

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