The North London outfit returned to winning ways in the Premier League with a 4-3 victory over Leicester at White Hart Lane.
The victory maintained Spurs’ challenge for a top-four finish in the Premier League this season, but the performance of Mauricio Pochettino’s side left much to be desired.
Tottenham were 2-0 up after just 13 minutes, but the Foxes were in the game until the final whistle, scoring in injury time to make it 4-3.
Left-back Rose, who played the entire 90 minutes and also earned himself a yellow card, has now conceded that Spurs should have won the game with ease.
“It was a good win in the end, although we conceded three sloppy goals and even at 2-0 up you could sense that they were going to score,” the 24-year-old told Tottenham’s official website.
“When we go 2-0 up we have to learn how to see out the game and make it 3-0 or 4-0. I don’t think we played particularly well but nevertheless again we’ve shown the character that we’ve got throughout the team and we managed to hold on for a valuable three points.”
It is a refreshingly honest assessment from Rose, and one that exposes what has become a habit with Tottenham.
Time and time again this season, Spurs have gone ahead only to concede late on and make life difficult for themselves.
Leicester are struggling for survival in the Premier League and have a team who are vastly inferior in quality to Tottenham. Yet, Spurs failed to wrap up the match early on despite going 2-0 up at home.
This is something that Pochettino needs to work on during the international break. With the top-four race hotting up, Tottenham simply cannot afford to slip up.