Tottenham need to kill teams like Cardiff off, admits Rose
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The England left-back discusses last weekend’s victory and why he was forced off at the end of the game
Danny Rose believes Spurs must learn from Saturday’s Premier League victory over Cardiff City and kill similar teams off when given the chance.
Tottenham Hotspur secured another three points last weekend, but it was far from straightforward as Eric Dier’s eighth-minute opener settled the match.
Cardiff hit the post and missed some other decent chances to level on what was a nervy day at a miserable Wembley Stadium in the rain.
Reflecting on the fact Tottenham are so close to the likes of Chelsea, Manchester City and Liverpool, Rose said: “In some ways we have to be happy with that.
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“I spent a lot of time on the bench last season and I got to watch firsthand how well we can play. I still think we’re a bit off that at the minute.
“Cardiff was another ugly win and we have to learn how to kill teams off. We should have scored three or four, easily.
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“But at the same time we have to be frustrated because of the defeats. The defeat to Watford was very frustrating. It was a game we should not be losing.
“The loss to Liverpool – it was probably the right result, so it’s mixed emotions, but we can’t complain about where we are now.
“We go away (for international duty) and we’ve got a difficult game against West Ham United when we get back.”
Rose will hope to represent England again this week, but may see his chances hit by an injury.
The left-back, who looks to be getting back to his best, was forced off towards the end of Saturday’s win with a sore groin.
He is set to link up with England and have a scan to see whether it is anything which will prevent him from playing in the UEFA Nations League over the coming days.
“I’ve just got a sore groin. Hopefully it’s nothing too serious. We’ll have to wait and see,” Rose said.
“Will it keep me out? I’ve no idea. I have to wait to see how it settles down over the next few days. I’ll meet up and England will assess it.”