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Spurs’ boss Antonio Conte, who four days earlier was dancing on the touchline at the Etihad, was a more subdued figure last night at Turf Moor as a Ben Mee goal subjected his team to a fourth defeat in five games.

It’s left him almost considering his future after such a short time with his new club. “No one deserves this type of situation, the club, me, the players and the fans,” he said. “But this is the reality. I came in to try to improve the situation in Tottenham  but maybe in this moment, I don’t know, I’m not so good to improve the situation. It’s very frustrating because I know we’re working hard, working a lot and trying to get the best out of every single player.”

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He added: “I’m trying to do everything to change the situation but the situation is not changing. Someone has to speak about the race for fourth place, and the reality from the last five games is we have to pay attention to not fight for the relegation zone, This is the truth. This is the reality.

“When this type of situation happens, maybe there is something wrong. I don’t want to close my eyes, I want to take my responsibility, if I have the responsibility. I am open, I am open for every decision because I want to help Tottenham. From the first day I arrived I want to help Tottenham. I repeat: I am too honest to close my eyes and continue in this way, and also take my salary. But it’s not right in this moment.

“I want to try to improve the situation and also make assessment with the club because if we continue in this way, maybe we have to pay great attention because this league we can finish 10th, 12th, 13th the same way that when I arrived here the same position.”

For the second time in just four days, Sean Dyche was able to face the media after a victory. He’s been delighted over recent weeks with the levels of performance from his players and said: “I think they continued the run of form that they are in, the belief, the mentality, the work ethic and the shape, all the things that you need when you play against these sorts of sides and play well and get a result. I think all the details, the work ethic we’ve shown this season is beginning to show, and the players deserve credit.

“They (Spurs) are a top side with quality players all over the pitch. I thought the mentality was good. We kept them down to three or four quality chances and we had a few ourselves. On another day, Jay scores and it’s a big step forward.”

Although it’s the first home win since we beat Brentford in October, we’ve had a run of really good performances against some of the top clubs in the country. “It just continues the value of the good work that the players put in,” he added. “We’re proud of the players, the work ethic is there, we’ve got the belief and the energy to get results.

“To play four of the top teams in the division and to take the points we have done, it’s a good return so we mentioned what a tough run it was, so to take nine points out of this six games, and we’ve kept four clean sheets.”

The only player substitute last night, and that was right at the end, was Wout Weghorst and Dyche said of him: “Wout adds to what we do with his hold up play and his talent, but I thought Jay was sharp tonight, I thought that those two were excellent.

“There were so many good performances, Dwight McNeil put some good crosses in. I could name everyone, our captain with a fine header, so there were lots of positives.”

Turf Moor was rocking at times last night. “The crowd have been terrific,” the manager said. “It’s been a tough season so far. There’s still work to be done but the crowd have played their part in the conditions down there, screaming the players on.”

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