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Eric Dier reveals where the real blame lies at Tottenham amid Nuno Espirito Santo criticism

Eric Dier reveals where the real blame lies at Tottenham amid Nuno Espirito Santo criticism

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Tottenham defender Eric Dier has praised his teammates for their reaction after Ollie Watkins’ equaliser in Sunday’s match against Aston Villa.

Spurs picked up a 2-1 against Villa on Sunday after losing last three matched in the Premier League.

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg opened the scoring in the 27th minute, however, in the second half Ollie Watkins equalised the score.

In the 71st minute Matt Targett’s owngoal handed the north London side a desirable win.

And  Dier was very impressed with how the team responded after a tough month for all concerned.

“I think the way we reacted to the 1-1 was really important. That reaction was great and we really put our foot on the gas,” explained Dier after the important victory.

 

“Looking at it from the other side, we maybe could have started the second half better, it is something we still need to improve on but the reaction to the 1-1 was fantastic and we really put our foot on the gas and created a lot of chances and got the goal.”

Spurs centre-back also made it clear that the levels the players dropped way below at the Emirates had nothing to do with the head coach, as he has stressed that it is still “early days” but the showing against Aston Villa was “the best of the season” so far.

“100 per cent. We have to keep calm, we had a tough couple of weeks, under difficult circumstances, we were missing a lot of players, we went to Crystal Palace injuries, sending offs, we really lost our balance there and then we had two disappointing results,” said the 27-year-old when asked if they still believe in the plan.

 

“The Chelsea result did not reflect the game at all, we performed really well, especially in the first half and then the Arsenal game we were very disappointed.

 

“It’s early days, I think the performance today was the best of the season and that shows a real reaction from the players. The players needed to show that reaction.

 

“For me it doesn’t really matter, as players we have to perform and there are some levels you can’t drop below and we definitely did last weekend and that has nothing to do with the manager.”

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