Ange Postecoglou has urged Tottenham, who suffered a fourth defeat in five matches with a 2-1 home loss to West Ham, not to dwell on self-pity.
Despite being plagued by injuries, Spurs, led by Cristian Romero’s 11th-minute goal upon his return from suspension, seemed poised for their first win since October 27 at halftime.
However, David Moyes’ team executed an impressive second-half turnaround, with Jarrod Bowen scoring in the 52nd minute and James Ward-Prowse netting the winner in the 74th minute after an error by Tottenham defender Destiny Udogie.
This loss extends Spurs’ winless streak to five matches, despite taking the lead in each of those fixtures, setting a new Premier League record. Postecoglou encouraged the team to bounce back on Sunday when Newcastle visits north London.
“There’s no point in feeling sorry for ourselves, looking for a cuddle anywhere,” Postecoglou insisted.
“There’s only one way to change our circumstances and that is to come here on Sunday and put in a performance. Not just play good football but go out there and show some conviction about ourselves as a team.
“Sometimes we can disguise how we’re going by playing some nice stuff but like I said from day one, that’s not what I’m about.
“I want to win and that’s why I came to this football club and that’s the message.
“We’ve still got a long way to go, I’ve said that from the start. We’re still right at the beginning of what we need to create and days like today just give me further evidence and fuel of how much we need to do.”
Postecoglou admits that they’re losing despite dominating football matches
Spurs were hopeful of a victory after Romero’s strike in the 11th minute gave them the lead in the first half. But the second half was a different story altogether as Jarrod Bowen inspired West Ham to make a comeback at home ground.
Postecoglou admitted: “I think it’s another game where we’ve dominated a game of football and haven’t turned our dominance into something more tangible and kept the opposition in the game.
“I thought we were really poor in both boxes tonight – both with our finishing and both goals were terrible to concede.
“Us being good means us being 3-0 up. This isn’t about us playing good football, it’s about us winning games of football. That’s what I’ve said from the start.
“1-0 at half-time was not a good performance. A good performance would have been 3-0 or 4-0 up, as was the case against Villa, and when you don’t, and give up goals you shouldn’t like today, then you get what you deserve.”