Antonio Conte calls for patience from Tottenham fans after they were booed off after Newcastle loss


Antonio Conte claimed that his side’s poor finishing was Tottenham’s undoing after suffering their first home defeat of the season against Newcastle on Sunday.

He insisted that his side failed to ‘do enough’ in their pursuit for an equaliser, after Harry Kane’s second half finish cut the deficit to just a goal in the 2-1 loss.

The Italian also claimed that ‘the fans’ are empathising with the team and understand the players are doing their utmost after a second successive defeat.

The former Inter Milan and Juventus boss said: ‘Before the situation we created many chances to score, maybe if we are better at finishing we could score. I don’t want to comment on the referee’s decision. Not so good.

‘We conceded a goal from the long ball, we should do much better in this situation. The second goal they scored on the counter attack, and it was really hard to come back.

‘We tried, we got one back, but we didn’t do good enough. The fans understand that we are doing our best in every moment.’

Callum Wilson opened the scoring for the Magpies in the 31st minute, but there was some uproar over the nature in which he scored – colliding with Hugo Lloris after the Frenchman rushed off his line straight into the England forward.

Sunday’s loss was the second in four days, having suffered a 2-0 defeat to Manchester United at Old Trafford on Wednesday.

Spurs have now lost two in a row for the first time under Conte since February, winning only three of their seven matches in October so far.

But it is the high workload that his players must play under that Conte has suggested is working against Tottenham, who are without both Dejan Kulusevski and Richarlison due to injuries.

‘We have to face a difficult situation with the injuries,’ he added. ‘When you play every two days you need to have a strong squad with great quality, and we have only just started our process.

‘We are trying to improve the situation step by step but we need patience. We are doing well in a bad situation but we need time. If we play one game every six days we can fight for something.

‘To play every two games we have to continue to build our path. We have just started the process. If someone doesn’t want to listen, that is not my problem.

‘We are lucky we have a group pf players who want to work. We continue to work and hope for less injuries.’


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