Nabil Bentaleb explains what the Tottenham dressing room was like after cup exit

Nabil Bentaleb Spurs

The Tottenham midfielder has been discussing the team's reaction to their Crystal Palace defeat.

Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Nabil Bentaleb admits there was a quiet dressing room after his side's FA Cup loss to Crystal Palace on Sunday afternoon, according to the club's official website.

Indeed, the 21-year-old says there was plenty of upset players at full-time - and that there was largely silence from the team at White Hart Lane.

Like many of his team-mates, the young midfielder was at a loss as to why the north London side failed to score against Crystal Palace.

And Bentaleb told the Tottenham site: "The players didn’t say a lot afterwards. Everyone was upset and sad. That’s what you expect when you lose. We’d all rather be celebrating a win but it wasn’t to be.

"We dominated the game, especially in the first half, created a lot of chances, couldn’t finish, conceded and couldn’t break them down, that just about sums it up."

Next up for Spurs, of course, is the second leg of their Europa League tie against Fiorentina.

The general response from fans to Tottenham's FA Cup exit has been a positive one - many feel Europe and the Premier League are a bigger priority.

For the players, though, a silent dressing room is understandable. Even if trophies weren't at stake, the north London side had previously gone eight games unbeaten. A loss after that long will always hurt.

Register for TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch