Totteham Hotspur were booed from the field by their own supporters on Saturday, with the White Hart Lane faithful far from impressed by a goalless draw with capital rivals Crystal Palace.
In truth, things could have been a lot worse for the locals.
Palace had the better of the chances in north London, with Jason Puncheon’s effort which cannoned off the crossbar as close as either side came to forcing a breakthrough.
Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino was left in little doubt at the final whistle as to what the home fans thought of another uninspiring performance from their chosen troops.
Summer signing Eric Dier concedes that the players are not doing the business, with everyone at Tottenham aware of the need to offer much more than a dogged point to cement a mid-table standing.
He told the club’s official website: “Obviously it’s always nice to get a clean sheet but for a club like Tottenham, that’s not enough.
“We need to win, especially at home. We need to create more and we must take our chances.
“Crystal Palace sat back a lot during the game and let us come onto them. That made it harder for us to create and find spaces and, although we created a few chances, we’ve got to create more opportunities and take them.”
Spurs have now drawn a blank in their last two Premier League outings, with the Palace stalemate coming off the back of a 3-0 defeat to another of their derby rivals, Chelsea.
Dier is right to suggest that more creativity is needed, but a look at Pochettino’s starting XI on Saturday suggests that should not have been a problem.
Erik Lamela, Christian Eriksen, Harry Kane and Roberto Soldado were all selected against Palace, with Aaron Lennon, Nacer Chadli and Paulinho stepping off the bench.
The concern for Spurs is that big players have not delivered in the club’s last two outings, and that will only lead to increased pressure as the club prepares for a testing run of domestic and European fixtures which will see the likes of Newcastle United and Manchester United visit White Hart Lane before the turn of the year.