White Hart Lane

Next Game

Tottenham v N Forest

Wednesday, 24 September 2014, 19:45

Capital One Cup Third Round

White Hart Lane

Last Game

Tottenham 0 - 1 West Brom

Sunday, 21 September 2014, 13:30

Barclays Prem

Dembele: We must be consistent

Tottenham midfielder Mousa Dembele acknowledges they must defeat the less glamorous clubs in the Premier League if they are to win the title this season in the wake of their 3-0 defeat to West Ham.

Last Updated: 08/10/13 at 13:59 Post Comment

Mousa Dembele (l) in action for Spurs against West Ham's Ravel Morrison

Mousa Dembele (l) in action for Spurs against West Ham's Ravel Morrison

Spurs went into Sunday's game at White Hart Lane with a record of nine wins from 11 matches in all competitions.

In contrast, Sam Allardyce's side were just one place above the relegation zone and struggling for goals in the absence of England international Andy Carroll, having scored just four times in their previous six top-flight outings.

But, playing without a recognised striker, West Ham upset the form book to win the London derby and Dembele is keen for Spurs to learn from the experience.

"You look at the top teams. If you want to be champions, you have to win these 'small games'," he told the Tottenham and Wood Green Journal.

"You can see it's the difference with the guys who become champions - they win these games. If we want to be there with the top four we need to win them too.

"It's easier to play against the top teams for the motivation, but if we want to be a top team we need to be focused for these kinds of games.

"It's a mental thing. We have to talk with the team and we need to concentrate together. We have a lot of players and you can change the team very quickly, so everyone needs to know it's a difficult season.

"We looked much better in the first half than the second. In the second half we looked very tired and there was not too much passion.

"You have to win these kinds of games if you want to have a good season, so it's a shame.

"I've played a few times against these kinds of teams. We have to know how to play and we have to know that we should be very careful, because these are good teams as well.

"They have a different kind of style but it's the Premier League - you have to be used to these days so it's a shame we weren't prepared.

"You want to go into the international break with a good feeling, so that's a shame as well. The manager was very disappointed, I think it's normal."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

H

e deserved respect for forging a successful football career despite being, clearly, made from balsa wood.

Nutboy
Wenger: Diaby deserves respect

L

iverpool should put in a bid for Barkley. As cheeky as it may sound, only he looks capable enough to replace Gerrard.

paulay8
Gerrard's Decay Becoming Sadly Apparent

M

y emotions were not mixed. Super professional that he is. I will never look at you the same way Frank. Love affair over.

gittoplo
Lampard: Mixed emotions

Footer 365

Capital One Cup: Arsenal beaten 2-1 by Southampton in third round

Arsenal were sent crashing out of the Capital One Cup in the third round after 2-1 home defeat to Southampton.

La Liga: Cristiano Ronaldo scores second straight hat-trick in Real Madrid rout

Cristiano Ronaldo scored his 25th hat-trick for Real Madrid as he grabbed four goals in a huge 5-1 home win over Elche.

Capital One Cup Live

Live updates from the Capital One Cup third round as well as the latest news and views from the world of sport.

Mail Box

Is Moyes The Big Winner This Season?

Man United and Everton are making David Moyes look good enough for Newcastle. We have lots of mails on Steven Gerrard but mostly Man United and Van Gaal...

Should Gerrard Play Further Forward?

That's one shout in a mailbox that recalls Rafa Benitez saying the Liverpool man would one day end up as a striker. Plus, thoughts on Rooney and 500 words on Ipswich...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property