Monday 11 December 2017

Eric Dier: Tottenham will start again on Monday

Tottenham's title hopes all but disappeared at the London Stadium
Tottenham's title hopes all but disappeared at the London Stadium

Eric Dier knows Tottenham must quickly put their title disappointment behind them to avoid a repeat of last season's capitulation.

The 1-0 defeat at West Ham on Friday night saw Spurs' hopes of catching Premier League leaders Chelsea all but disappear.

Last term their title bid was ended by a draw with the Blues, and they promptly lost their last two matches to let north London rivals Arsenal pip them for second.

And midfielder Dier admits Tottenham need to pick themselves up for an emotional final game at White Hart Lane against Manchester United next Sunday, before they end the season with trips to Leicester and Hull.

"Our aim was to win every game until the end of the season, that's gone now and from Monday we'll be ready to go again," he told the club website.

"Nothing changes. We will try to finish strongly and after the way we finished last season, we want to put that right this season.

"We need to bounce back and finish the season strongly."

Manuel Lanzini's 65th-minute strike was enough to sink Spurs at the London Stadium, after Hammers keeper Adrian had denied Harry Kane and Dier in the first half.

"We had a few chances all at once in the first half, the keeper made a couple of good saves but after that we didn't create anything really and ended up conceding a very sloppy goal and after that, it was difficult," added Dier.

"I think we approached the game well, we just lacked a bit of intensity and decisiveness at times and we didn't create enough chances for the possession we had."

Lanzini's goal, his third in four appearances against Spurs, guaranteed West Ham's survival with two games to spare.

It also lifted some of the pressure on manager Slaven Bilic, who has had to put up with continual speculation regarding his future.

"I like playing against Tottenham and scoring against them," smiled Argentinian midfielder Lanzini.

"It was a very good win. We played well and these points were very important for us.

"It was a great win for the manager, who is a great coach, amazing."

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