Manager Harry Redknapp blamed a combination of missed chances and poor defending as Spurs went down 3-1 at Blackpool on Tuesday night.
A clumsy challenge by Bassong gifted Blackpool a 1-0 lead courtesy of Charlie Adam. Spurs had plenty of chances and saw two Defoe shots cleared off the line. Just before half time however, Blackpool broke and doubled their lead.
After more pressure from Spurs in the second half, some comedy defending handed Brett Ormerod a third before Roman Pavlyunchenko finally found the net in injury time.
On the club website, Harry said: “You can’t miss chances like we did and expect to win. Every time they attacked they scored, but we missed chance after chance.
“We gave away a bad penalty through a rash challenge that shouldn’t have happened, and then we were attacking on the edge of their box, they break and suddenly it’s 2-0.
“We needed a goal and if we’d have scored one we could’ve gone on and won, but we kept missing great chances at close range. I’ve never seen a game with so many chances.
“If we’d have got it back to 2-1 it could have turned the game upside-down, but I don’t know how we went 2-0 down in the first place.”
Spurs remain in fourth after the defeat, but would have claimed third if they’d won. They are two points clear of Chelsea who have a game in hand.