By Russell Edge
Dean Ashton has laid into Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino after he saw his side slip to a 3-2 defeat at home to West Ham in the League Cup on Wednesday.
Spurs had taken a comfortable 2-0 lead into half time thanks to goals from midfielder Moussa Sissoko and Dele Alli, but a double from Andre Ayew, who capitalised on defensive errors, restored parity for the Hammers, who looked a reinvigorated side after the break.
While Spurs looked to restore their lead it was Angelo Ogbonna who netted the winner, heading home past Michel Vorm to ensure qualification for the quarter finals and end the home side’s hopes of adding to their four League Cup titles.
Speaking after the game Pochettino appeared to disregard the competition in favour of more prestigious titles, such as the Premier League and Champions League, but Ashton believes this is merely an excuse and has blasted the manager for his response.
“I think it’s pathetic,” he told Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast on talkSPORT (26/10, 06:00).
“I just think it’s an excuse, because surely he wants his team to get a winning mentality and that starts with the Carabao Cup (League Cup).
“For Tottenham, they need to win something. I think you saw last night their lack of experience of winning things.
“As soon as West Ham scored you could see the way they changed and that’s where you need an experienced player.
“I just didn’t see that from any of the Tottenham players and that’s a worry, especially if you have the manager coming out and saying things like that, because that attitude can seep into the players.”
Prior to their defeat Spurs had enjoyed a good run of form, having beaten Liverpool 4-1 in their previous match, while there was also an impressive 1-1 draw away to Real Madrid in recent weeks.
They will be hoping to get back on track with a victory over Manchester United on Saturday, knowing three points would see them leapfrog Jose Mourinho’s side into second place in the Premier League.
Meanwhile West Ham, and Slaven Bilic in particular, have been under severe pressure in recent weeks, with a humbling 3-0 defeat at home to Brighton their last league result.
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