We went into the game hit by three injuries from Saturday's win at Everton including the huge blow of skipper Ledley King's broken metatarsal in his left foot that will keep him out for three to four weeks. Anthony Gardner and Teemu Tainio were also injured so Calum Davenport came in for his first start at Spurs and did superbly well.
Despite the changes we made a storming start but a double from Wayne Rooney in the first half left us with a mountain to climb against Sir Alex Ferguson's in-form side.
Jermaine Jenas reduced the deficit at the start of the second half but we couldn't quite carve out another clean-cut opportunity.
"I can't remember a game where we were 2-0 down having played so well," said Head Coach Martin.
"The first goal was a lack of experience and they broke on us and that was a big disappointment because we had five chances before that.
"We looked well and continued getting crosses in and even the central defenders had chances.
"But then we made a mistake for the second goal and you can't do that against the top sides.
"Having said that we came back in the second half and I thought if we could get a point it would be another example of our character, but it wasn't to be.
"It was a shame because we thought this could be a big day for us."
Meanwhile, Martin had words of praise for Calum after his full debut. "Calum played against Van Nistelrooy and Rooney and it was a big test for him but he came through well.
"We didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t really have problems Ã¢â‚¬â€œ the only one was when Van Nistelrooy broke through and it was offside anyway."
Martin Jol said we 'punished ourselves' as we suffered a 2-1 defeat against Manchester United at the Lane on Monday.