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Sunday, 29 September, 2002, 11:23 GMT 12:23 UK
Hoddle bemused by sorry Spurs
Dean Richards (right) struggles to contain Boro's Alen Boksic
Middlesbrough's victory could have been more convincing

Glenn Hoddle held a one-hour inquest with his players after Tottenham's unbeaten home record ended with a 3-0 thrashing by Middlesbrough.

Spurs struggled to piece together any meaningful attacks as Boro cruised to a 3-0 win which could have been even more damaging for the home side.

"That's the poorest we've played since I've been manager here," said Hoddle.


We've played football like that in little spells this season but not for the full 90 minutes like today
Boro boss
Steve McClaren

"It was poor from first minute to last and I just can't explain it because we were so solid at Manchester United last week.

"I could use our injuries as an excuse and maybe this was a defeat waiting to happen, but there can be no excuse for going down like that.

"It was a result that was fully deserved on the day. When you perform like we did you get results like that."

Spurs were undone by a first-half goal from Italian striker Massimo Maccarone, before goals from Geremi and Joseph-Desire Job sealed their fate.

Adding to Hoddle's woes were three more injury worries.

Spurs started the game without 12 first-team men and Christian Ziege, who was making his comeback from a calf injury, strained the muscle again and had to be substituted after 13 minutes.

"There's no depth to the squad at the moment and most of the injuries are in defence," said Hoddle.

"We're having to play people out of position, but that doesn't explain a performance as bad as this one."


I feel sorry for Spurs because they caught us on a very good day
Middlesbrough boss Steve McClaren

Steve McClaren was understandably delighted with his side's performance, their first away win of the season which takes them to third in the Premiership.

"I feel sorry for Spurs because they caught us on a very good day," he said.

"We've played football like that in little spells this season but not for the full 90 minutes like today.

"I give full credit to the players and the only disappointment I have is that we didn't score more goals."

Italian striker Massimo Maccarone, Boro's 8.1m signing, led the charge with the opening goal, his fourth of the season.

"We're delighted with him - you certainly can't argue with the way he took his goal and I believe he had a hand in the other two as well," said McClaren.

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