Another miserable Sunday afternoon was endured by Spurs fans who had dared to hope that their team might just produce a performance that was fitting enough to mark the tenth anniversary of Bill Nicholson’s passing.
There’s not much to add to such a poor display and eventual result but it is interesting to read Mauricio Pochettino’s comments as he looked to identify just what went wrong after the home defeat to Newcastle.
“It is impossible to go to the pitch not ready to start to play,” Mauricio said. “I think there was a lack of concentration from us. We need to work hard on our mentality because it is not tactical, physical – it is concentration and mentality and this is our challenge to improve.
“It is not something where you can analyse the action, sort the tactical situation and move the players. With mentality, we need to work hard. It is not easy. We need to be more strong, like a team. This is our challenge.
“We need to speak, we need to create a different situation on the training ground and work. We know how, but always you need to spend time to work in this area. It is not the same as in physical or tactical situations. It is a different area.”
As long suffering fans we have got used to venting our spleen at various managers and latterly, the Chairman. While this is often with good justification, it’s easy to sometimes forget the players’ role in abject displays such as this one.