The Premier League title favourites turned on the style against us again to run out 5-1 winners at the Lane.
City were quickly out of the traps and took a deserved lead through Sergio Aguero in the 15th minute.
We clawed our way back into the game though as the half progressed and saw a Michael Dawson strike chalked off for offside.
There was hope that we could continue where we left off in the second half only to have the wind knocked out of our sails via a penalty and subsequent red card for Danny Rose, sent off for a challenge on Edin Dzeko in the 50th minute.
Down to 10 men, 2-0 quickly became 3-0 but with the crowd willing us on, we managed to reduce arrears when Etienne Capoue converted his first Spurs goal on 58 minutes.
There was no fairytale comeback though as City finished the game off with goals from Stevan Jovetic (77 minutes) and Vincent Kompany (88).
“I’m always totally honest and it was very difficult for us, even 11 against 11,” said Tim, who suffered his first league defeat in his seventh league match as Head Coach.
“They have top players and they come at you from all angles. You have to try to find a way to impose yourself on them but they are relentless. They just keep coming, time after time.
“We showed spirit, we got a goal back to make it 3-1 and kept looking to go forward. The crowd were magnificent, they really got behind us, but it wasn’t to be and the two late goals were disappointing. It is difficult when they move the ball around and you are chasing it all night.
“We have three days to recover and we have to get this out of our minds quickly. I’m sure we can get a positive result at Hull. Our away record has been excellent.”
As for the penalty, a key decision with the scoreline still just 1-0, Tim added: “Danny gets the ball. He’s having to lunge in, because it’s a last-ditch tackle and Dzeko is bearing down on goal, but he played the ball, clearly.”