Arnaut Danjuma says Tottenham need to put ‘disappointment’ behind them quickly

Arnaut Danjuma says Tottenham need to put ‘disappointment’ behind them quickly

Arnaut Danjuma says Tottenham need to put ‘disappointment’ behind them quickly

Arnaut Danjuma insists Tottenham need to regroup quickly and reminds there is plenty to play for despite a devastating 3-2 home defeat by Bournemouth.

Spurs could have gone level on points with top four rivals Newcastle with Saturday’s win but were undone in stoppage time when Dango Ouattara brought home a winner for their relegation-threatened opponents.

Danjuma looked to have saved Spurs a point with a superb left-footed shot with two minutes left after Son Heung-min’s opener overwhelmed goals from Matias Vina and Dominic Solanke either side of half-time for Bournemouth.

With Tottenham looking for a last-gasp winner, Gary O’Neil’s men provided a punch of wind when Solanke found Ouattara, who cut inside Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and found the bottom corner in the fifth minute stoppage time to inflict a tenth Premier League defeat of the season on the home side.

“Yes, the main feeling we have is disappointment, but I think towards the end of the match we did well. We try to win the game and if you are Spurs, you should always try to win,” Danjuma told SpursPlay.

“You will inevitably leave some space behind Bournemouth to fight back, but I think I would be more disappointed if we didn’t try to aim for victory.

“We are obviously devastated by the result, but nonetheless I am very confident here in my teammates, fans and staff.

“We still have seven games to play, so as long as we focus on the next few games, we will recover our conviction, we will regain our confidence, there will be nothing to worry about.”

Spurs interim coach Cristian Stellini was forced to defend his tactics after his side finished the game with six attacking players and an unclear formation.

Richarlison and Danjuma were introduced to join Ivan Perisic, Son, Dejan Kulusevski and Harry Kane on the pitch, but the latter was asked to drop deep into midfield.

Stellini, who also replaced substitute Davinson Sanchez after just 23 minutes following boos from his own fans, insisted the players’ mentality was to blame for the result, not his enthusiastic tactics in the last quarter of an hour .

“At that moment, we used Harry in the midfield line,” Stellini revealed.

“We left Harry to have more ball and a chance to play and we used four players to try and attack.

“This was training. We have all the qualities we can have to try to score. This was the intention.

“It’s a habit we have (we delve into it), it’s not the first time. We’ve been doing it for a long time, but we have to be perfect in the defensive phase.

Bournemouth celebrate

Bournemouth scored a big win (Adam Davy/PA)

“We weren’t so perfect because we allowed them to score with two errors. This is a problem, it’s not a tactical problem, it’s an individual problem, a mistake.”

Meanwhile, Bournemouth boss O’Neil has expressed his disappointment at the opposite number of Stellini heading straight into the tunnel full-time and not waiting to shake his hand.

Tottenham had picked up a stoppage-time winner at the Vitality Stadium in October.

O’Neil told the BBC’s Match of the Day: “When we were on the wrong side in our place, I shook hands with the opposition manager.

“I was disappointed with them today. I thought going straight down the tunnel and not shaking hands was poor of them. But it is what it is.

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