arry Kane blamed ‘immature mistakes’ for Tottenham’s humiliating Europa League loss to NS Mura, but declined to criticize young teammate Ryan Sessegnon after his red card forced Spurs to play an hour of the match with ten men.
Spurs succumbed to a 2-1 loss to the Slovenian minnows in Maribor, with Kane calling the performance “unacceptable”.
The England captain had equalized after Tomi Horvat’s opener in the 11th minute, but a breakaway winner from substitute Amadej Marosa in stoppage time earned Mura his biggest win in history to leave Spurs to beat Rennes in their last match to be sure of qualifying even for the knockout stages of the round of 16.
“We didn’t start well, we fell behind, then we got down to 10 men and made it difficult for ourselves,” Kane said. “In the second half we showed some fighting and spirit and got back into the game and if anyone looked to score it would be us, but [it was] an immature error at the end to concede a goal when we had all the play. It is unacceptable.
“We were favorites to win this game, but we knew we had to get it right. We knew they were a good team, we knew we had to be in all aspects and the mentality was definitely the main thing.
“We made immature mistakes and were punished for them and that’s what’s happening in Europe. All we can say is sorry for the traveling fans, sorry for the fans back home, but we just need to keep working hard and changing things. “
Sessegnon was making his first start since August after returning from injury and had been touted as one of the players most likely to benefit from Antonio Conte’s nomination, given the Italian’s reputation for employing attacking full-backs.
However, the 21-year-old had a nightmarish evening as he received two yellow cards in the opening 32 minutes, leaving his side chasing after a comeback with ten men.
“He’s young and hasn’t played too many European games,” Kane added. “The referees are different, the atmosphere is different. He is devastated but he is a young child and he will certainly learn from it.
“It’s about getting around and helping each other. He’s worked really hard, he will bounce back and be available for us and I’m sure the next time he takes the pitch he will do anything to help us.