Ben Davies singles out the result which turned Tottenham's season around after disappointing start

Wales' Ben Davies during the press conference

The Tottenham left-back admits his side had a slow start to the season but says the 4-1 win over Manchester City in September was the turning point.

Tottenham's Ben Davies and Monaco's Nabil Dirar

Tottenham Hotspur left-back Ben Davies has told the club's official website that he and his teammates were disappointed with the way they started the season but the 4-1 victory over Manchester City in late September turned their fortunes around.

Spurs lost on the opening day of the season at Manchester United and subsequently drew their following three league matches to remain winless heading into mid-September.

However, after back-to-back 1-0 victories over Sunderland and Crystal Palace, they blew City away in the second half at White Hart Lane as Harry Kane scored his first of the season.

Though they drew their following two games after that win, the crushing victory over a team being billed - unlike Spurs, at that stage - as genuine title rivals gave Mauricio Pochettino's side confidence, and they did not lose again in the league until 13 December.

Davies admitted that the slow start was disappointing after entering the season with high expectations, but said the victory over City laid down a marker as a warning to other sides that the North Londoners meant business.

Tottenham's Ben Davies in action with West Ham's Diafra Sakho

The Welsh international told the club's website: "We were as disappointed then to lose to Manchester United as we would be now. We had high expectations from the start that we largely kept to as a group.

"We had our odd glitches in the season but the Manchester City game was a big point for us – we set a marker down to show that we can do these things and get good results against big teams and that’s something that we’re always confident of within this squad so it was nice to be able to show it.

"I think we largely kept good standards throughout the year. Everybody is 100 per cent behind each other all the time and I think that showed in our performances and where we got to during the season. We wanted to do as well as we could and I think we gave this year a good go."

In the end, Spurs ultimately suffered frustration as they faltered in their efforts to keep up with eventual champions Leicester City, and were leapfrogged on the final day by arch-rivals to finish in third.

However, with group-stage Champions League football guaranteed for next season, the immediate future looks bright for the North London side as they look to establish themselves as genuine contenders once again.

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