Crystal Palace manager Ian Holloway said he was disappointed by the lack of belief shown by his players during their 1-0 defeat to Spurs in their opening Premier League match.
The Eagles never really looked likely to get a result against their London rivals, but in the end only a Roberto Soldado penalty separated the two teams. Palace’s manager had hoped to see his players playing like victory was a possibility from the outset.
He said: “Bit disappointed, to be honest. I thought we normally play a bit better and quicker and sharper than that with the ball.
“Lads got to grips. Did we get to grips quick enough in the first half, you know? I expected us to do what we did – blocked up their spaces what they are really good at. I didn’t think their full-backs got forward as much as they normally do because we blocked a few things up.
“And I was disappointed in our lack of belief in our movement and our passing really.”
Holloway hopes the match will give his squad the belief that they can compete in the top flight.
He added: “But are we close to Tottenham? I think we are a lot closer than my players probably thought we would be. But that game has gone. No points. It’s a home game. So let us get on with the next game really.”