• Tottenham 1-2 Newcastle

Spurs' heads had gone in 'crazy' six seconds - Pochettino

ESPN staff
October 27, 2014
Pochettino unhappy with Spurs' lack of concentration

Mauricio Pochettino says Tottenham need to improve their mentality if they are to qualify for the Champions League this season.

Spurs lost 2-1 at home to Newcastle on Sunday in what looked like a routine win after Emmanuel Adebayor headed home an early goal in a one-sided performance at White Hart Lane.

Victory looked straightforward for Spurs, only for half-time substitute Sammy Ameobi to score just seconds after the restart before Ayoze Perez netted a winner for the visitors, leaving Pochettino fuming.

It all looked plain-sailing for Spurs after Emmanuel Adabayor's opener © Getty Images

"We need to improve a lot [to get in top four]. It's not tactical or physical it's our mentality," said the Argentinian, who was not even back in his seat when the substitute scored.

"It's a big hit for us. We need to be more strong and to have more focus. Today in the second half, straight from the kick-off we conceded a goal. It's crazy.

"It was a shock because after that [Ameobi's goal] it all changed in this moment. Seven or six seconds before, all was happiness and there was good energy in the stadium. Our supporters were happy and believed that we would get a good result.

"But in this moment, I think it was difficult to manage in our head. Our heads had gone and we started to take rash decisions on the pitch. It was difficult because 12 or 14 minutes later, we conceded again another goal. At 2-1, it was difficult."

Pochettino's main complaint after the match was the lack of mental strength displayed by the Tottenham squad. It undid what he called their best half of their season on what is not the first time the Spurs boss has bemoaned his players' mentality.

"It is not something where you can analyse the action, sort the tactical situation and move the players," Pochettino said. "With mentality, we need to work hard. It is not easy. We need to be more strong, like a team. This is our challenge.

"We need to speak, we need to create a different situation on the training ground and work. We know how but always you need to spend time to work in this area. It is not the same as in physical or tactical situations. It is a different area."

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