Jacques Santini could not hide his disappointment following the 2-1 defeat to Bolton Wanderers at an emotional White Hart Lane on Saturday.
Sam Allardyce's side stole into an 11th minute lead through Radhi Jaidi before the team really got into their stride. A strong foothold in the game was established towards the end of the half and this was rewarded with Robbie Keane's first Premiership goal of the season five minutes before the break.
Chances came and went in a fairly even second period as both managers rang the changes, but it was Bolton substitute Henrik Pedersen who secured the points for the visitors 15 minutes from the end.
"After a slow start we got stronger towards half-time and scored our goal," reflected the Head Coach. "It is a disappointment to us that we did not continue this in the second half. I was not happy with our positioning at both set plays which lead to the goals.
"Bolton took their chance and played well, but we wanted to win the game for our fans and I think we would have if we had carried on playing as we did at the end of the first half."
Meanwhile, Jacques insists he in no way intended to snub the memory of Bill Nicholson by electing not to speak to the media following the 2-1 reverse against Bolton on Saturday.
Intensely disappointed, Jacques did not last night offer his views on the match outcome to the press, which has led to some media suggestions that this was disrespectful to the memory of the great Bill.
The Head Coach spent the period immediately after the game analyzing the match video, Wednesday’s Carling Cup encounter firmly in his mind.
"I am surprised by the reaction in the papers and the angle they have chosen to take," added Jacques. "There is no way I would insult the memory of Bill Nicholson in that way.
"The Club had already paid a fitting tribute to a great man before the game and, knowing how much he was cherished by all at Spurs, I felt it best to leave it to those who knew him well, to pay their respects on behalf of the Club.
"The chairman was also available to talk to the media last night so it is clear there was no snub intended.
"For my own part, I was extremely emotional and very disappointed by our performance on the pitch and I am sure I am not alone in that. I always want to win, and wanted to even more so on this day of all days."