Tuesday was not a good day to be associated with Tottenham Hotspur.
Spurs lost on penalties to Colchester United to be knocked out of the League Cup in only the third round. Colchester, who currently sit 10th in League Two, kept Mauricio Pochettino’s side at bay for 90 minutes, and then took advantage of penalty misses from Christian Eriksen and Lucas Moura to advance.
In the aftermath of what was one of the worst results for Spurs in recent memory, Ben Davies has come out and apologized for the inexcusable defeat. The Evening Standard has the quotes:
“It’s horrible - it’s a trophy, a good chance to pick something up and we’ve let it slip at the first hurdle. The manager didn’t need to say anything afterwards. In the dressing room, we were all as disappointed as him. We let him down, we let the club down. We weren’t terrible. We just didn’t seem to click, didn’t put anything together. We have to win these games. We have to show we’re a better side than this. It’s a tough feeling right now. We just have to apologize to the supporters too. We let them down. They travel with us everywhere and they’re first-class. We need everyone behind us now to help us push on through this difficult time.”
Credit to Davies for willing to be the player in the locker room to hold up his hands and say he’s sorry. It certainly wasn’t his fault the team lost yesterday, but the fans were certainly owed an apology, especially those who traveled to Colchester to witness that disaster.
It’s the League Cup, so it shouldn’t be the end of the world, but it’s undeniable that things aren’t right at Spurs right now. Davies admitting that it’s a “difficult time” at the club show that the players are feeling that way too.
If Spurs play like they did against Colchester against their next two opponents, things will not end well. The Lilywhites take on Southampton on Saturday in the Premier League, and then on Tuesday they welcome Bayern Munich to North London for a crucial match in the Champions League.
Davies knows the squad needs to produce a better result this weekend.
“It’s a huge game for us. We need to start getting that winning feeling back because it seems a long way away after losing games like that ... This is a big learning curve for us. It’s one where we really have to take a long hard look at ourselves and make sure these kind of results don’t happen again.”
Eric Dier started against Colchester in what was his first appearance of the season. He wasn’t as poor as Victor Wanyama or Oliver Skipp were in midfield, but he still did look rusty.
Dier also spoke after the game. He hinted that he hasn’t been playing much because of his own personal fitness issues at the beginning of the season.
“It’s not so much injuries but I’ve been unfortunate with illness, unfortunate to miss preseason. That hindered me. The most important thing is the team, trying to push on together. I need to keep working the way I am and taking my opportunities.”
Last year, Dier dealt with appendicitis, tonsillitis and a hip injury. He missed the start of preseason this year due to another unspecified medical procedure.
It seems like the whole group needs to do a better job of taking their opportunities. Things could get really ugly if the ship isn’t righted relatively soon.