Joe Rodon has called on his Tottenham teammates to do “the grit and ugly side of the game” as they look to end their record of conceding late goals.
On course last Sunday for three vital points as they went into the final ten minutes at Newcastle United with a 2-1 lead, the Magpies equalised with time running out as Joe Willock fired the ball high into the net.
A wasted opportunity with the draw seeing Spurs miss out on the chance to jump into the top four, Tottenham need to get maximum points in the bag against Manchester United this afternoon with both Liverpool and Chelsea winning on Saturday, and West Ham ahead against Leicester City at the London Stadium.
Speaking to Sky Sports to preview the clash against the Red Devils, the Welshman was asked about last weekend’s draw and he opened up on the scenes inside the dressing room after the full-time whistle.
“Everyone going into the changing room after the game was gutted,” said Rodon. “Not to come away with the three points after a difficult game, we kind of expected to go there and hopefully put in a really good performance, but to concede like that so late in the game was really devastating to be honest.”
Tottenham have now lost a huge 11 points in the final ten minutes of matches this season and that could prove to be the difference between Champions League and Europa League football in 2021/22.
Rodon knows it is an area the team must improve on sharpish if they are to finish in the top four.
“As a collective group, we know some of the goals we are conceding are unacceptable, me individually as well,” he added.
“It’s obviously something we want to improve on and get better as, not just as a defence, but collectively as well.
“We can only look forward now and move on to the next game.”
Asked how they can stop conceding so late in games, Rodon said: “I think it is just us being relentless and being mentally focused on being winners, and not giving the opposition any little thing to take away from the game.
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“It’s doing the grit and the ugly side of the game to have the mentality the gaffer wants to put into us to be winners.
“It’s a mental thing where we need to come together and be relentless to see out the games.
“We know what we want to do as a group and as a club we want to be in that top four.”