Sunderland boss Dick Advocaat says some of his players could not handle the fast pace of the game following his side’s defeat to Tottenham.
The Black Cats lost 1-0 to a late goal from Tottenham midfielder Ryan Mason, which leaves them rooted to the bottom of the Premier League table.
Advocaat defended the performance of his players, but thinks some of his team struggled with the speed of the match.
“We had the better chances at the start, we knew we were playing against a good side and the speed of the game was unbelievable. Some players could not handle it in the end,” the Dutchman said.
“We had to score a goal but it was not to be. At the end of the game, the better side had more luck than we had. Some players still need match fitness.
“Everyone did well but up front we could not score that chance we got.”