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Nuno concerned by Tottenham’s lack of creativity in grim Palace defeat


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uno Espirito Santo described Tottenham’s lack of creativity as a “big concern” after their dismal 3-0 defeat at Crystal Palace on Saturday.

Spurs lost Eric Dier to injury after 12 minutes and his centre-half partner Tanganga received his marching orders for a fiery exchange with Zaha, quickly followed by a rash lunge on Jordan Ayew.

But it was Spurs’ lack of spark going forward that was most concerning, with the visitors finishing with just one shot on target and Harry Kane failing to have a single touch in the Palace box.

Asked about his side’s lack of creativity, Nuno said: “It is a big concern, we had enough quality and talent to play better.

“We didn’t do it, credit to Palace they were aggressive and they didn’t allow too much time on the ball. We lost duels, many, many situations that I think we should do much better. In terms of offensive, much improvement is required.

“It was a very, very difficult afternoon. We had a lot of obstacles during the game to overcome. It was not easy for the boys today.

“A lot of situations we have to look at and be fair to say that we didn’t perform as well as we should.”

Nuno was about to introduce winger Bryan Gil when Tanganga was sent off and instead replaced midfielder Harry Winks with Ben Davies, who conceded the penalty when Conor Gallagher’s cross struck his arm.

But even at 1-0 down, the Spurs head coach chose not to use his final substitute, leaving Gil and club-record signing Tanguy Ndombele on the bench.


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