Ben Davies calls on Tottenham Hotspur to learn lessons from Burnley draw
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Left-back conceded in the future they must learn to manage the final part of the game better when leading by one goal
Ben Davies says Spurs must be “more streetwise” when defending slender leads in future, having suffered late heartbreak again at Wembley on Sunday.
Dele Alli gave Tottenham Hotspur a 49th-minute lead against Burnley, and the hosts then pushed persistently for a second goal.
They were still aiming to land a knockout blow in the 92nd minute – but when Dele Alli and Harry Kane both lost the ball in quick succession, Burnley pounced at the other end, with Chris Wood firing an injury-time equaliser past Hugo Lloris.
It was a painfully similar finale to Spurs’ previous outing at Wembley, when they shipped an 88th-minute winning goal against Chelsea, and Davies said: “It’s disappointing to concede late again.
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“We should have managed the game a bit better I think. It was a bit disappointing to concede out there. We have to learn our lessons quickly.
“It’s simple things - it’s about being more streetwise sometimes, just slowing the game down. It’s not always about going for the second goal.
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“Sometimes you just have to slow it down, put it into the corners a little bit more and not always look to play the perfect game. Sometimes you have to be a bit scrappy to get through these games.
“I don’t think [our style] needs to change. We play football the right way and we always will try that. But in those last five minutes of games you just have to manage it a bit better, go a bit long sometimes.
“But in other games we’d have scored three or four and it could have been a totally different outcome.”
Asked if a young Tottenham squad is lacking a bit of experience and know-how in such scenarios, Davies said: “Not really. I think we’ve all been in games where we’ve been in those situations before, and we’ve come out on the winning sides plenty of times. It’s just this time it didn’t work out for us.”
Spurs have now taken just one point from their opening two matches at Wembley - which will be their home for the entirety of this campaign - but Davies does not believe that the relative unfamiliarity of the stadium is to blame.
“We’ve played enough games here now,” he said. “If we’d held on for another couple of minutes then it’s a nice win and it’s a totally different outlook on it all.
“We’re going to get used to it. We’re going to pick up points here, I’m sure, this year.”
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