By Tottenham correspondent Tony Hughes
Harry Kane has blamed poor concentration for Tottenham failing to maintain their defensive excellence in the final weeks of the campaign.
Spurs have the meanest backline in the Premier League this season, conceding just 30 goals from their 37 matches in the competition.
This is marginally better than Manchester United – 31 from 36 games – and title winners Leicester, who have conceded 35 from 37 encounters.
But the north Londoners have become more porous in recent weeks, as their title bid ended with consecutive draws against West Brom and Chelsea before Sunday’s 2-1 defeat to Southampton.
In those three matches Spurs conceded five goals as the backline which provided two members of the PFA team of the season in Toby Alderweireld and Danny Rose has been unable to maintain the excellent standards of earlier in the campaign.
Asked if the demands of chasing the title had caught up with Spurs after the loss against Southampton, Kane told the Mirror: “Yes, it has been a long season.
“We have been fighting hard mentally and physically but I still think we looked good out there.
“We played good football, it is just in recent weeks, as people have seen, we haven’t finished teams off.
“We have been going ahead and then maybe a lack of concentration.”
Tottenham end their campaign next Sunday when they visit Newcastle at St James’ Park and hope to clinch second place in the league.
Spurs are two points ahead of bitter rivals Arsenal, who host relegated Aston Villa at Emirates Stadium, and Mauricio Pochettino’s side will secure the runners-up position if they draw at Newcastle.