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Steven: We've only ourselves to blame

Steven Pienaar believes the team have only themselves to blame after the 1-2 loss to PAOK in the Europa League.

Steven Pienaar believes the team have only themselves to blame after the 1-2 loss to PAOK in the Europa League.

The midfielder told Spurs TV Online after the match that going two goals down within 15 minutes of the match starting cost the team dearly.

"The poor start was down to us. When you start a game you have to start sharp, we weren't sharp enough. We had a few opportunities but their defence was outstanding, even though we were camping in their half.

"If you start the game so poorly, you're always going to be chasing. I think we have to compliment PAOK, they were well organised, but we had some good chances. But if you don't take your chances, you always end up losing the game."

Despite the loss, Steven was pleased to get some playing time for the first time since the match against Rubin Kazan at the beginning of November.

The 29-year-old picked up a groin injury in pre-season and is slowly recovering after having surgery to correct the problem.

"It's getting better every day, I was a bit stiff at half-time but I'm happy to get minutes on the pitch."