Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Hugo Lloris has slammed his side for lacking fighting spirit following their embarrassing 6-1 defeat against Newcastle United.
Newcastle started the game in electrifying fashion, racing to a five-goal lead inside the first 21 minutes, leaving the visitors and their travelling supporters stunned.
Jacob Murphy and Alexander Isak bagged a brace each, while Joelinton also got a bite at the cherry as Howe’s side put the game to bed with barely a half hour played.
Harry Kane pulled one back for Spurs in the second half, but it proved inconsequential as substitute Callum Wilson restored the five-goal lead with his first touch after entering the pitch.
Tottenham captain Lloris, who was substituted at half-time with a hip muscle injury, admitted his side should be ashamed of their display.
“It is very embarrassing – we should apologise to the fans,” Lloris said (via the Daily Mail). “We didn’t show a great face today. We could not match Newcastle’s performance.
“We were late in all aspects. We completely missed the first part of the game. It is really painful today. It is not talking about tactics – we could not fight.
“We cannot hide behind the club’s problems. We are professionals, but today there was too much lacking. We have two other very difficult games to bounce back.”
Tottenham have now lost consecutive games for the first time since Cristian Stellini replaced Antonio Conte in the dugout, piling the pressure on the under-fire interim Italian boss.
They could now be out of the top-four race as they sit six points behind Newcastle and Manchester United, having played two games more than the Red Devils.
They are also facing a fight to hang on to their Europa League spot with Aston Villa, Brighton & Hove Albion and Liverpool hot on their trail.
The task does not get any easier with Tottenham set for another crunch meeting with Man United.
Anything but a win there could effectively rule them out of the top-four reckoning.
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