Eric Dier has told Tottenham Hotspur's official website that his side's defeat to Anderlecht in the Europa League has taught them the importance of killing games off.
Tottenham lost 2-1 to Anderlecht last week, after dominating the early stages of the contest, but they bounced back from that disappointing result by cruising to a 5-1 success over Bournemouth at the weekend.
And Dier believes that his side's success on the south coast was proof that they had learnt an important lesson for the season ahead.
“Everyone wanted to put it right after Thursday and once we got ahead, we all wanted to kill the game off because that’s what we didn’t do in Anderlecht and we paid for it,” he said.
“We learned our lesson and it showed today. The lads did really well."
Tottenham actually fell behind against Bournemouth, but they responded well with Harry Kane scoring ta hat-trick, while Mousa Dembele and Erik Lamela also got on the scoresheet.
The Lilywhites have the best defensive record in the top-flight, while they have now avoided defeat in their last nine league matches.
Their strong form has raised expectations at White Hart Lane, and if Tottenham can add more of a ruthless edge to their game, then they will be a real force to be reckoned with over the campaign ahead.