Hard to pinpoint Tottenham slip against Stoke, says Ben Davies

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The defender also says that providing assists, as he did on Saturday, is now part and parcel of his game.

Speaking to the club’s official website, Tottenham defender Ben Davies says it is hard to pinpoint where things went wrong against Stoke.

Mauricio Pochettino’s side were seemingly coasting to a comfortable 2-0 victory in Saturday’s game, with goals from Eric Dier and Nacer Chadli having given them their lead.

However, a penalty from Marko Arnautovic turned the game in the Potters’ favour, with a later equaliser from Mame Biram Diouf giving Mark Hughes' side an unlikely point from their visit to White Hart Lane.

And Davies says it’s hard to say exactly where things went wrong, admitting he can imagine why fans are aggrieved.

“It’s hard to pinpoint why things happened like they did,” he told tottenhamhotspur.com.

“Perhaps when we’re not on top we need to be switched on enough to turn things around. Those are the moments where we have to perform and not lose focus. I can imagine how aggrieved the fans are because as players I know how disappointed we are.”

Assists part and parcel of modern fullback role

It had been a relatively good performance for Davies before the eventual collapse, with him having been rarely troubled defensively while also managing to pose an attacking threat down the left hand side as well.

Indeed, that attacking threat he provided was key to Spurs’ second goal, as the Welshman’s run and subsequent cross provided the assist for Nacer Chadli to score.

And Davies says being both solid defensively and providing an attacking threat is now part and parcel of a full back’s role in the modern game.

“It’s part and parcel of what you have to do as a modern full-back now,” he added.

“You’ve got to be solid defensively and be able to contribute going forward as well, so I was pleased that I managed to get an assist, although obviously we’re coming away feeling disappointed that we couldn’t take all three points.”

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