Mauricio Pochettino admitted he was disappointed with the performance and the result as Tottenham Hotspur succumbed to Newcastle United.
The Magpies had yet to pick up a single point under new boss Steve Bruce and faced a Spurs side that got to the Champions League final and held out the reigning Premier League champions last weekend.
However, £40million summer signing Joelinton showed great composure to tuck away one of the few chances for the visitors as they claimed a vital 1-0 win.
Speaking to talkSPORT’s Ian ‘The Moose’ Abrahams after the game, Pochettino revealed he was upset with the way his side played.
“When asked if he thought Spurs were flat, Pochettino said; “Yes I would agree, a little bit flat, sloppy.
“We started really well, a start which looked like the game against Aston Villa.
“It felt like we would come back and get the result, but today no.”
Although it seemed as though Harry Kane should have got a penalty, VAR ruled against the England captain and Spurs never looked likely to score.
Even the introduction of Giovani Lo Celso, a deadline day signing from Real Betis, could not inspire Spurs.
And Pochettino admits his side struggled to break down the defensive rear guard in front of them.
“They believe and their faith after they scored increased,” the Argentine added.
“And for us, it was tough to break down them. And yes, I didn’t think we deserved it in the end of course.
“I’m very disappointed with the result and the performance too because I think we need to0 create more.
“But they were aggressive and made it impossible for us to score and if you don’t score, it is impossible to win games.”