Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp blamed defensive unfamiliarity and missed chances for Saturday’s 1-0 defeat to West Ham United.
Frederic Piquionne’s header gave the previously winless Hammers a narrow victory at Upton Park.
Spurs were without a number of key defensive players with Ledley King, Michael Dawson, William Gallas and Jonathan Woodgate all sidelined through injury.
Redknapp named Vedran Corluka and Sebastien Bassong as a makeshift central defensive partnership in front of back-up goalkeeper Carlo Cudicini and afterwards pointed the finger at his injury problems.
“We were a bit open to start with and didn’t look solid, but that’s the first time that defence has played together.” he explained.
“I thought we controlled it after that and created four or five good chances.
“Full credit to West Ham, they worked their socks off and pressed us all over the pitch.
“There were chances galore for both sides. We couldn’t have done much more than to create the amount of chances we created, especially in an away game.
“We just couldn’t get a break in front of goal.”