Jermaine Jenas thinks Spurs will rue missed opportunity in FA Cup

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Jermaine Jenas thinks that former side Tottenham Hotspur will see their FA Cup defeat to Crystal Palace as a missed opportunity.

 

Jermaine Jenas has told BBC Sport that he thinks that former side Tottenham Hotspur will see their 1-0 defeat to Crystal Palace as a "missed opportunity".

 

After impressing in the Premier League this season, Spurs had been tipped to have a run in the competition, but Martin Kelly's first-half goal condemned them to a disappointing setback in front of their own supporters at White Hart Lane.

 

The results means that it has now been 25 years since Spurs last reached the FA Cup final in 1991, when they emerged victorious against Nottingham Forest.

 

Jenas, who played for Spurs between 2005 and 2013, believes that the absence of Leicester City, Manchester City and Liverpool had left the door open for the North London outfit to break their recent run in the competition.

 

However, now they have dropped out at the last-16 stage, Jenas has called on Mauricio Pochettino's men to focus their attentions on trying to win the league title.

 

Speaking on Match of the Day 2, broadcast on February 21 at 10.30pm, Jenas said: "I don't think the defeat will concern them, but what I would say is that it is a missed opportunity.

"You look at the teams that are left in the competition and I think that they had a real chance to go to Wembley and win it.

"When they look back on it now, they may say it was a good opportunity for them to win it this year. They've just got to concentrate on trying to win that league title now."

If Spurs had managed to progress through to the quarter-finals this afternoon, they would have been handed an away draw at Championship club Reading.

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