Lloris urges Spurs to heed the warning after latest lapse of concentration

Hugo Lloris says Tottenham must learn from the lapse of concentration that let Aston Villa back into the game on Monday – and he believes his team-mates might have started to turn their attention towards Thursday’s Europa League clash with Anderlecht prematurely.

Spurs were leading 2-0 with just over 10 minutes left at White Hart Lane, but Jordan Ayew’s strike meant a comfortable evening became a nervy affair, with Rudy Gestede and Ayew narrowly missing the target as the visitors pushed for an unlikely equaliser.

Harry Kane struck in injury time to make it 3-1 but, having seen Spurs squander points in the Premier League and Europa League by losing winning positions against Stoke, Leicester, Monaco and Anderlecht, captain Lloris feels the Lilywhites must heed the latest warning.

“Even though we won we shouldn’t forget what happened,” he said. “It was the same case against Anderlecht, and we hope we’re going to bounce back against them on Thursday.

“Maybe in the second half it was a bit in our head and that’s why we had a lack of concentration, but at this level you can’t [do that]. You have to play game after game and there is time between every game.

“We had the game under control and because of a lack of concentration we conceded the goal, and after that the last 10 minutes were a bit difficult, but at the end we scored the third goal.”

Despite the scare, Lloris is happy with Spurs’ progress. He said: “I think if we compare with last season at the same time we show more confidence, we show improvement, and even after their goal we tried to build from the back – like with our third goal.

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“I think the first pass was from me and in three or four passes we were in front of the goal and Harry scored a great goal. I think we’re in a good way, we just try to fix some details.

“Are we more stable now? Yes, and we showed that in the first half and until the goal - we were strong. We didn’t concede a lot of chances so that’s why we’re disappointed because we wanted to keep a clean sheet.

“But that’s football and I think Aston Villa believed until the end of the game and we have to congratulate them because they didn’t give up when it was 2-0.”

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