Last weekend Tottenham Hotspur were soaring high up in the clouds after their Carling Cup triumph over Chelsea at Wembley but after Saturday’s 4-1 thrashing by relegation-threatened Birmingham City at St. Andrew’s in the English Premier League, Spurs have been cruelly pulled down to earth.
Spurs’ assistant manager Gus Poyet describes this hammering as a wake-up call and admits that improvement is needed:
It was not good enough. We weren’t here in every aspect of the game. Concentration wasn’t there and we didn’t play as a team. It was not a team performance.
It’s nothing about what happened after the Carling Cup. We’ve had three very good days in training and expected to come here and win the game. We had to assume that we were ready for the game today.
You expect everyone coming into the first team to perform. Sometimes players are asking for opportunities and they had a great chance today. There are no excuses.
Despite letting in four goals Poyet had praise for goalkeeper Paul Robinson who has come under strong criticism but admits the team must pull together.
He (Robinson) was put under a lot of pressure. We left him one-on-one a few times and he had a difficult day. I’m sure he’s not happy.
It’s a wake up call. If we don’t wake up now we’re going to continue losing games.
We had many shots but apart from long distance efforts we didn’t really create many attempts.
We tried to put it right straight away, changed a couple of things, but that was not us out there today.
We have to be strong mentally to make sure that we play every game well and that’s something we will have to prove next Sunday.
Spurs have already guaranteed themselves a UEFA Cup berth for next season with their Carling Cup triumph and are safe from relegation worries. They do not have much to play for this season anymore but manager Juande Ramos would certainly like his players to be more focused and concentrated.