DUTCH defender Nathan Ake admitted Cherries had been guilty of conceding "sloppy" goals in the 4-1 defeat to Tottenham.

The hosts led through Junior Stanislas but Dele Alli, Son Heung-min's double and a Serge Aurier header gave Spurs victory at Vitality Stadium.

Reflecting on the performance, Ake told the Daily Echo: "In the first half, we started really well. We dominated and created chances and they didn't create a lot.

"Then they came back into the game and scored a goal, and we were on the back foot a bit.

"In the second half, we came out okay and had a few chances but then after it went 2-1, they dominated and played well.

"I think they were sloppy goals to give away. They were unnecessary and could have been prevented. That is disappointing.

"We need to let the game sink in and then when we come back, we will watch the clips and see what went wrong and what we could have done better.

"As a defender, you want that clean sheet. Against Tottenham getting that is very difficult. We need to have more clean sheets but we are working on it."

Steve Cook, who made his 100th Premier League appearance alongside Ake at centre-half, felt his team could not have given any more against Mauricio Pochettino's men.

Cook said: "Maybe a little bit of naivety at the end cost us. It was really disappointing but I don't think anyone can criticise any of our players today.

"I thought we gave absolutely everything against a side who are one of the best teams in Europe. Until the third goal, I thought we looked strong and we went toe-to-toe with them.

"To lose 4-1 is a real kick in the teeth. That's football. You don't get anything for doing the right things and leaving nothing out there. You have got to score the goals and stop the opposition from doing the same.

"It's hard to take but I think the performance will stand us in good stead for the next eight games."

Left-back Charlie Daniels felt there was plenty to take from the display ahead of the crucial clash with basement-dwellers West Brom on Saturday.

He said: "I felt we were in it until they got their third. I thought our intensity was very high and our attitude was spot on. We were probably a bit naive in the final 15 minutes.

"We were in the game for a long time and 4-1 is a bit flattering.

"We aren't happy with the goals. It's just one of those things. We will take the good parts out of it, especially the first half. We created a good number of opportunities, probably the most we've created against Tottenham and on another day we could have scored two or three.

"Tottenham are a top side and we can take many positives out of the game."