On Tottenham being three goals better than Arsenal…
“I didn’t think they were to be honest. I thought in the first 10 minutes we didn’t show up and we were sloppy and lacklustre but then we started to get into the game. I thought we did quite well for the final half hour of the first half. In the second half again we couldn’t quite get going and overall I’m bitterly disappointed really.”

On his side’s lack of penetration…

“It’s down to the players’ desire to want to get there. When they cross that white line it’s down to them; we do our work Monday to Friday but they make the decisions on the pitch and we try to help them. They need to really want, and break their neck, to get into certain areas and turn the possession into goalscoring opportunities.

“You watch our first team’s desire to score. Adebayor kept going on Tuesday and got his goal. Our boys need to get that from somewhere and if they don’t, the game’s hard for them.”

On Spurs’ goals…

“The first one was a good strike and the second one he’s bent it round the wall. I was disappointed with the third goal. We were in a good position, we had possession, end up passing it back to the keeper and then Luke Ayling gets caught and we’re 3-0 down. I’m very disappointed about that.”

On Luke Ayling’s uncharacteristic mistake…

“He has put his hands up and I thought he was one  who kept going and really tried. They make mistakes, I don’t mind them making mistakes this is what it’s all about. As long as they learn from them and don’t make them again.”

On the change of tactics in the second half…
“We pushed Jay [Thomas] up and he’s done well in training and I wanted to have a look at him up there. We put Mark out on the left to see if we can work something with him there. We thought we’d try it tonight.”

On his side’s lack of wingers…

“I don’t think it’s a problem, not with the technical quality we’ve got with some of the players. They didn’t show it for the whole game tonight but there were certainly flashes of good play in the first half.”

On facing Tottenham again next Tuesday…

“It couldn’t be anything better, they need to turn it around and if we can turn a 3-0 defeat around I’ll be well pleased. If we were going to take anything out of it, it would be the last half-hour of the first half. I thought there was some really good play but afterwards it was very disappointing.”

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