Spurs went into the match on the back of a rich vein of form having won five of their previous six Premier League matches, but a disappointing display meant Wigan left North London as deserved victors.
The Portuguese boss faced anger from home fans after he substituted Jermaine Defoe and he was the first to admit that the performance was way below the level he expects from his side.
‘We didn’t manage to keep the ball or pass well. We couldn’t recognise ourselves today.
‘Wigan were superior. Our chances weren’t clear cut. There are various reasons why we played like this.
‘The opponents were sharp and aggressive. We kept making mistakes. We played more with the heart rather than the head.”
Wigan’s Ben Watson punished Spurs day off driving home from close range after Brad Friedel had flapped at a Shaun Maloney corner. The home support was further incensed just after the goal when AVB took off leading scorer Defoe to bring on Emmanuel Adebayor.
However he explained the decision to the striker and insisted that he understand the fans complaints.
“We understand that they can show their frustrations, “the 35-year-old said.
“We don’t do things to punish them or for the fans to show revolt. We do things for the benefit of the team.
“They want the win, but we want the win as much as them. We respect them.”