Eric Dier gives verdict on frustrating Sunderland draw

Tottenham Hotspur enforcer Eric Dier has admitted that his team did not create enough chances against Sunderland in Tuesday night’s frustrating 0-0 draw at the Stadium of Light.

Spurs travelled to Wearside as heavy favourites against a home side that has been toiling all-season long.

However, after a subdued start to the game, Tottenham could not break down David Moyes’ men, who defended deep and with numbers.

Dier had a relatively comfortable evening in marking former Lilywhites attacker Jermain Defoe, but admitted that he was frustrated that his team could not make possession count at the other end of the pitch.

“We controlled the game but we didn’t create enough opportunities,” he told the club’s official website.

“We had a lot of possession and controlled the game but didn’t have that punch at the end of it. Sunderland were very resolute and we found it hard to create enough chances to deserve to win.

“It’s very frustrating. It’s a great chance especially looking at the results elsewhere and these are the kind of games where we need to capitalise, we haven’t and we’re all disappointed.”

Dier continues to be a reassuring presence in the team, whether he is deployed at centre-half or in the heart of the midfield.

The England international will be an important man in the next four weeks specifically as Jan Vertonghen is sidelined with an ankle injury.