Spurs' Gomes: We can't shake losing mentality

October 25, 2008

Tottenham goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes admits the club's start to the season has left players psychologically scarred and stuck with a losing mentality.

Spurs will remain bottom of the Barclays Premier League even if they defeat Bolton at White Hart Lane tomorrow, and centre-back Jonathan Woodgate has branded a lack of concentration as "unprofessional''.

Gomes was at fault against Udinese in the UEFA Cup on Thursday, needlessly conceding penalty as the Italians eased to a 2-0 win.

"I do not think the big problem is with the quality we have on the pitch,'' said the Brazilian. "I think it is more mental at the moment. We are lacking in confidence, the game can be lost in your head.''

After two points in eight games, head coach Juande Ramos has overseen the worst start to a season in Spurs' history.

"It is a difficult period for us at the moment,'' said Gomes.

"We lost another game against Udinese and everyone in the dressing room is down right now but we have to carry on because there are more games to play and Bolton is another difficult match.''

"The formations are not an issue. What is important is the mentality of the players to produce a good performance and get us goals.

"We have great quality in this squad. We train well every day but on a matchday I do not know why this has happened.''