Pleat: We were second best
By Rob Lancaster
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The North London outfit looked out-of-sorts in the first half at Goodison Park and paid the price as the hosts ran out 3-1 winners in The Premiership fixture.
Caretaker boss Pleat was not pleased with the performance of his players and had little complaints about the final result.
"We were second best," he said. "They got into us and they forced us to go back.
"We were negative and we gave the ball away. It was very poor in the first 20 minutes.
"Our opening set the mood for the whole match, we played negatively and without passion."
Pleat could not even take any pride in the way his side fought hard after the break and managed to find the net through Stephen Carr.
The miserable evening was made even worse for Spurs as goalscorer Carr was shown his second booking late on when he clipped James McFadden.
"I don't take any comfort from the fact that in the second half we played with a little more drive and took care when in possession of the ball," explained the former Sheffield Wednesday chief.
"It's a bad result and performance. The supporters who made the long journey expected better and I feel for them."
On Carr's sending off he added: "I thought he was a little unlucky. I don't think there was any intent."