Spurs assistant manager Kevin Bond insisted there were many positives to come out of the club’s 1-0 defeat away to Rubin Kazan last night.
“To be fair, I thought we did well,” Bond said. “A couple of senior players made their first starts and got their first minutes on the pitch this season.
“William came off late in the game but he was getting tired and he’s just come back, so we wanted to protect him.
“Steven played 90 minutes and did well. I thought there were a lot of good performances from the younger lads. Tom and Jake in the middle of the park were excellent.
The loss leaves Tottenham’s chances of qualification to the last 32 in the balance but Bond asserted that the task is still in our hands.
“We’re still right in there in the group, it’s in our hands and I would expect us to go through,” he added.
Tottenham drop to third in the group, behind Rubin on goal difference, but wins in our next two games against PAOK and Shamrock Rovers would see us progress.