Tottenham players held ‘harsh and honest’ inquest in dressing room after ‘sloppy’ first half against Morecambe

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Tottenham players held ‘harsh and honest’ inquest in dressing room after ‘sloppy’ first half against Morecambe
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Harry Winks has revealed that Tottenham’s players conducted a "harsh and honest" inquest in the dressing room at half-time before their late FA Cup salvage job against Morecambe.

Spurs survived a major scare as they rallied and scored three goals in the final 16 minutes to come from behind and see off the League One strugglers 3-1 on Sunday.

Tottenham laboured, particularly in the first half, until Antonio Conte called for the cavalry and introduced Harry Kane, Lucas Moura and Oliver Skipp in the 69th minute.

Winks equalised with a free-kick five minutes later before Lucas put Spurs ahead and Kane then sealed victory.

Winks said it was disappointing that Tottenham’s second-string needed to be bailed out by their star forwards again after a display that he said “wasn’t good enough”.

"There is disappointment, it wasn’t good enough,” said Winks. “It was sloppy. We weren't sharp or aggressive enough. We didn't play with enough pressure or intensity. We could have upped our game a lot.

“At half-time, there was a lot of harsh and honest words said. It wasn’t good enough and we know that. We hold ourselves accountable. We did better in the second half than the first, but it's not good enough.

“These are the kinds of games where in the first 10 or 15 minutes, you need to settle everybody, settle the crowd and then enjoy the game. We made an enjoyable afternoon into a tough one. We shouldn't have done that.

“We got the result, we got the win, it's nothing to be too happy about because we made it difficult for ourselves and we shouldn't really celebrate. We should be looking back and seeing what we can do better.”

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