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'I'm kicking myself' - Dele

Posted on 28 October 2017  - 18:00

Big games are often decided by small details - as Dele Alli will testify after our narrow 1-0 loss at Manchester United.

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Always in the game, we’d probed away in the second half until finally Christian Eriksen found space and spotted Dele’s run between defenders. The pass was perfect, Dele got there - but touched the ball wide from close range.

Romelu Lukaku then hit the post and five minutes after Dele’s chance, United's winner. David De Gea went long, Lukaku flicked on and Anthony Martial got in behind us to slot home.

Below: Dele and Eric Dier devastated at Old Trafford and top - Dele's chance

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“It’s one of those… if I had that opportunity 10 times I’d put it away the majority of the time,” reflected Dele at Old Trafford. “In my head I was thinking all I needed to do was make contact and it was in. It hit the top of my foot and went wide.

“I’m kicking myself. I should have scored and I have to make sure the next time I get a chance like that I stick it away.

“It’s disappointing when you come to a place like this, you play well and you are hoping for a win or at least a draw.

“We felt we should have won really and to go to United and think you should have won shows where we are as a team.”

We competed from start to finish but that wasn’t enough for Dele - another sign of where this current squad is at.

“We don’t just want to compete, we want to win and as a team, we’re frustrated but now we have two big games coming up, Real Madrid and Palace so it’s important we learn from this, work on what’s gone wrong and keep building as a team because we’re still in a fantastic position and we’ve been in good form, so we can’t let this knock us back.”