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Tottenham’s defending has come in for fierce criticism on talkSPORT following another sloppy display on Sunday.

Spurs were beaten 2-0 at home to Wolves, their second-consecutive defeat at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium after the 3-2 loss to Southampton.

Spurs’ defending has been difficult for fans to watch in recent weeks

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Spurs’ defending has been difficult for fans to watch in recent weeks

Both matches were characterised by half-hearted defending, with opposition players given too much time in the final third.

Speaking after the match, manager Antonio Conte called out his players’ attitude.

“The problem is that you cannot buy the winning mentality,” the Italian said. “You transfer it day by day and (you are) not sure that (it is) day by day, because there are players that are more open and they understand the process quickly, other players need more time to understand this.

“Winning mentality in my opinion means when you play, (thinking) ‘I am ready to kill you and to live’. This is the difference in every duel, every second ball, every set-piece.

“When you show better desire than your opponent, when you understand the defeats have to hurt you a lot, not a little… This is not simple.”

And ex-Tottenham midfielder Jamie O’Hara has been left raging at the standard of defending from his former team.

Conte gave a damning assessment of the mentality in his dressing room

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Conte gave a damning assessment of the mentality in his dressing room

He told talkSPORT: “We have the manager, but we need him to get the players believing they can keep clean sheets.

“That was one thing about Conte’s sides, they kept clean sheets. When he first came in, all of a sudden, we shored things up at the back.

“It’s so frustrating. James Ward-Prowse against Southampton, he put two unbelievable balls into the box, but get tight! Stop crosses!

“Yesterday was the same, Wolves shooting at will. Get out to it!

“Ben Davies turns his back four or five times when Wolves were attacking.

“John Terry would watch that game and think, ‘Oh my Lord, what is this?’ That man would’ve put his head on the chopping block to stop the ball going in his net.

Spurs never got close enough to stop Wolves

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Spurs never got close enough to stop Wolves

“Wolves keep clean sheets this season and they’ve been excellent at it. Every player is organised and they will die for the team.

“Conor Coady, in the heart of that defence, is an outstandig leader and he will do anything to keep the ball out of his net.

“Spurs? Have a shot, bend one into the six-yard box, it doesn’t matter, we’ll deal with it.

“No! Stop shots at source, stop letting the ball into your box so easily.

“You can’t expect to get results when you concede cheap goals every week. This is Tottenham. Come on.”

Meanwhile, ex-Middlesbrough manager Neil Warnock believes he had better players at the Riverside than what Spurs currently have.

Warnock was sacked by Boro last November

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Warnock was sacked by Boro last November

Warnock told talkSPORT: “I don’t think he [Antonio Conte] realised how difficult this job is.

“For the last two or three years, I’ve never thought any of the centre-halves are any good.

“I’ve watched them play. I keep on about my Middlesbrough lads. They’re better than any of these Tottenham centre-halves by a mile!

“They know what they’re doing! These teams don’t know what they’re doing at the back.”

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