Tom Huddlestone has admitted that the Tottenham players reacted angrily in the dressing room after suffering a surprise 1-0 loss to Wigan at White Hart Lane on Saturday.
Tottenham had a chance to move three points clear of Everton in fourth place had they won at the weekend, but a Ben Watson goal in the second half was enough to condemn them to their third loss of the season.
Wigan were in control for much of the game as Tottenham struggled to come to terms with the 3-4-3 formation that Roberto Martinez has employed with great success in recent times.
Spurs fans voiced their frustration in the second-half when Jermain Defoe was substituted for Emmanuel Adebayor as the side failed to trouble Wigan stopper Ali Al-Habsi.
"Wigan made it difficult for us," Huddlestone told Tottenham's official website. "They are one of few teams that play three at the back and they utilised it well.
"We just didn't turn up. They defended well but equally, we've got to work harder to create options. Normally at home we'll create three or four chances and stick one or two away, but I don't think we created a half-decent effort on goal."
The central midfielder also revealed how upset the players were after failing to make the most of their opportunity to close the gap of Manchester City and Chelsea who were both held to draws.
"The lads were angry in there. We've seen teams drop points and we could have cemented fourth," added Huddlestone.
"At home, we fancy ourselves against anybody, we have for a while, but to create so few chances was very disappointing."
This was Tottenham's second home defeat in a matter of weeks after losing 4-2 to Chelsea in a match that manager Andre Villas-Boas had been desperate to win against the club that sacked him last season.