The Capital One Cup is over for another year and the disappointed reaction of many Spurs fans was down to the manner of the defeat to Norwich rather than the fact that we are out of a tournament that some really aren’t that interested in.
A Gareth Bale strike gave Spurs the lead before two late Norwich goals put the Canaries ahead. Clint Dempsey may be a new-boy at Spurs, but he eased into the club tradition of missing vital penalties as he spurned a late chance to take it to extra time.
“It was disappointing,” said Andre Villas-Boas after the match. “I think we played a good game, controlled the possession and played good football in the first and second half.
“We had a good share of opportunities, so it’s a pity to see us lose the game in this way, in the last few minutes.
“We set out to try and win this game and to let it slip in the end is difficult for everyone.
“We feel the frustration and the disappointment from not making it into the quarter-finals, but we move on and focus on Wigan now.”
That Wigan game comes up on Saturday while another cup competition is on the line next Thursday as we host Maribor in the Europa League.