Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Hugo Lloris says that his teammates put in an excellent defensively display against Arsenal, but suggests that they needed to do more in possession.
Although he hailed the defensive shift the side put in, their constant failure to retain possession was clearly a bit of a frustration.
“We know that we could improve with the ball but defensively we were strong," he told Tottenham's official website. “Arsenal were strong, especially in the second half but defensively we had a great display and we deserved a point.
"We were a little under pressure before the game because of the result against West Brom last weekend and we needed to come away from here with something.
“We were rewarded for our fight because we put a lot into the game and if we keep this kind of spirit we can do a lot this season.”
Spurs finished the game against Arsenal with the second lowest figure for possession they have ever achieved in the Premier League era, and that is a clear sign that they will need to improve.
However, as Lloris said, they can take heart from the fact that the side stood strong in the face of a barrage of Arsenal attacks and almost ended up with the three points.
A loss in the game would have been seriously damaging to a deflated Spurs side, so the draw should give them something to build upon.
The Lilywhites have not won since the second week of the season and they obviously need to pick up their performances if they are to get into contention to claim a Champions League place.
That said, avoiding defeat against their local rivals - a side who they have struggled against for some time - is a step forward and should breed some optimism at White Hart Lane.
The side's next league fixture is against Southampton, and Lloris will be hoping that his teammates can show that they have worked on the areas that needed improving in training during the match.