Spurs could only manage a 1-1 draw at White Hart Lane on Thursday night, with Harry Kane’s first-half strike cancelled out by an 89th minute penalty converted by former Chelsea forward Demba Ba.
The game was fairly even, although it was down to Spurs and France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris to put in a top class performance to keep the Turkish visitors at bay until the final moments.
Despite the 27-year-old’s heroics between the sticks, Vlad Chiriches’s last-minute handball presented the golden opportunity to Ba - which he duly converted.
However, the ‘keeper was impressed with the performance put in, telling the official Spurs website that the ‘collective’ effort put in by the team is something head coach Mauricio Pochettino is trying to influence.
He said: "We are always looking at collective performance and it was a tough game against a big team who showed that they play at a high level."
The first-half performance was fairly unhurried on the part of Spurs, and Lloris was delighted to see the team come out with more intention to hold the ball in the second half, even if the result turned sour in the final minutes.
"After the first half we came out with more intention on the ball but we conceded a late penalty and it’s a bit frustrating,” he added.
"We have to learn about that and keep going.”
Spurs have yet to hit top form this season, and the North Londoners appear to be struggling with the style recently appointed Pochettino is trying to incorporate into his new side. They have won just two of six Premier League games this season, and as-of-yet have not put in a truly top class performance. However, Lloris is adamant that the quality in the team will shine through in the coming weeks, with just bad luck stopping the club from impressing so far.
"We always try our best. I try to be decisive for the team, to keep the team in the game and after that we know we have the quality to make the difference but this time it wasn’t enough.
"Maybe that’s the opponents as well as they played a really good game, they put us under pressure. A draw isn’t a bad result, it’s another point and we will now look to make the difference against Asteras."