Jan Vertonghen explains the issue that affected Tottenham at the beginning of the season

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Tottenham are finally securing victories after a slow start to the season.

Spurs have finally started holding onto narrow leads, and Jan Vertonghen has told Eurosport that a lack of focus was behind Tottenham struggling at the beginning of the season.

“We looked very solid for 90 minutes [against Crystal Palace],” the Belgian international said. “We played well at the start of the season but we weren't that focused at the end of the games.”

The North London club have now picked up two successive victories, both by narrow 1-0 scorelines against opponents with quality goalscorers in their ranks.

However, Mauricip Pochettino’s side never truly look threatened against either Palace or Sunderland, even though both sides hit the woodwork in their respective matches.

Performance levels remained at their peak for the entire 90 minutes, and the team kept their shape and tactical plans intact until the kick-off until the final minute.

This is where Spurs were let down earlier in the campaign, with Vertognehn claiming that they were unable to keep their focus for the entire game, allowing the opposition the chance to get back into the game.

The prime example of this was against Stoke City, who, despite being 2-0 down with 12 minutes to go, managed to fight back to a 2-2 draw. Leicester also clawed a point back against Spurs, although they only had a one-goal deficit to fight back from.

Yet now the Lilywhites have gone two Premier League games in a row without conceding, and have in fact looked the more threatening side as the 90 minutes runs down.

This is a slight improvement, but a necessary one, and Spurs can now get their season underway in earnest with all the players ready for every moment of every match.

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