Danny Mills believes fixing Aston Villa's mental fragility should be Remi Garde's first priority.
Speaking to Radio 5 Live, with his comments reported via the BBC website, Mills felt that the Midlands side appeared to go into their shells after conceding just three minutes into last night's game.
Mousa Dembele netted in the opening moments, and it Villa may well have feared the worst. Mills sympathised with the players, who have not won in the Premier League since the first day of the season, but said that Garde must find a way to inspire the team.
He said: "Villa have offered nothing going forward and you can see confidence is very low. Once the first goal went in, they look like they gave up
"That's what Remi Garde has to change. When you are losing game after game it is so difficult."
To Villa's credit they did show a bit of fight late on, when substitute Jordan Ayew scored in the final stages of the game to set up a nervous finish.
Only then did Villa come to life, and really they could have made Tottenham pay for not wrapping up the game earlier, and Rudy Gestede had a later header off target.
Harry Kane went on to wrap the game up late on as Spurs hit Villa on the counter attack, but the closing stages of the game may give Villa's players that little bit of belief they need, and will have shown Remi Garde, who was watching from the stands, that there is potential to haul the club out of the relegation zone.