And he’s aware too that the climate among the fans can turn as quickly as a goal against the run of play.
He said: “There are plenty of reasons we can use for the defeat – injuries, too many games in the week and all the rest of it but at the end of it all we are out of the FA Cup and that is a massive disappointment.
“We really do need to see the team pick itself up and produce a top performance against Spurs – for the sake of us all there has to be a response.
“Pride has been hurt and of course other events took place which are deeply disappointing so it’s important we have a big end to the troubles with a top performance.
“I think we can give a top account of ourselves. It’s Spurs so nobody will need any winding-up. We have everybody bar Andy Carroll fit and there can be no feeling sorry for ourselves.”