Ledley King: Tottenham can take this positive after Europa League exit
By Will Butcher
Ledley King has revealed that he was pleased with Tottenham’s second-half performance against Gent on Thursday night.
Spurs crashed out of the Europa League after drawing 2-2 on the night against their Belgian opponents at Wembley, following a 1-0 defeat to Hein Vanhaezebrouck’s side in the first leg.
Former Tottenham defender King revealed his disappointment at being knocked out of Europe on his personal Twitter account, but was pleased with the “second half effort” shown by Spurs.
Disappointing to be out of the Europa! good 2nd half effort but not good enough over 2 legs
— Ledley King (@LedleyKing) February 23, 2017
Denmark international Christian Eriksen gave Spurs hope inside the first ten minutes with a cool finish past Gent goalkeeper Lovre Kalinic to equal the tie on aggregate.
However, Harry Kane headed into his own net before Dele Alli was sent off for a dangerous knee-high lunge on Brecht Dejaegere just before the half-time whistle.
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Midfielder Victor Wanyama put Spurs 2-1 ahead despite the numerical disadvantage, but Spurs were pegged back once again by French striker Jeremy Perbet, who scored the winner last week.
The loss, which has continued Spurs’ Wembley voodoo in European competitions, means Mauricio Pochettino’s side must concentrate on the Premier League and the FA Cup.
Spurs return to league action on Sunday, as they play host to Mark Hughes’ Stoke City with three points enough to see Spurs move into second as Man City are not in action this weekend.
In other Tottenham news, Jermaine Jenas believes this midfielder was an absolute disgrace against Gent.