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For reasons forced and otherwise, there have been plenty of changes in the makeup of Tottenham's defense and midfield in recent weeks.
As such, this has meant a certain unfamiliarity between the lines, one that was exposed by Norwich for their goal.
Benoit Assou-Ekotto was caught up-field, leaving space for Robert Snodgrass to run down the right with Scott Parker giving chase, as he attempted to cover for his full-back. Snodgrass crossed to the far post, where Grant Holt and Anthony Pilkington combined to tee up Wes Hoolahan to score.
With Parker covering down the flank, it left the remaining Spurs defenders in the penalty box exposed. Nobody else came back from midfield to contest the second ball when it found its way to Hoolahan.
It was a well-worked goal by Norwich, but the Tottenham players will have cursed themselves for getting into the situation to begin with.
In fairness, there were improvements made over the course of the game. Dembele was one of those who did not get back when Spurs conceded, but later in the first half he made a goal-denying challenge.
The Belgian and his teammates now have to work on reestablishing an understanding of their respective roles and how they affect one another.
Given the return of Parker and Assou-Ekotto to the team, it is not surprising there have been a few issues. Compared to the last time they both played, there are new faces in the team. It is going to take a little time for everyone to get used to each other.