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Tottenham were decidedly under-par.
The old chestnut of a team suffering the aftereffects of having to deal with a league game three days after a European encounter will likely be cited in excusing Tottenham's poor performance vs. Norwich.
There is some merit to the reasoning.
Seven starters also started in the loss to FC Dnipro on Thursday night. One of whom, Etienne Capoue, pulled up with an injury early on. Travelling to and from Ukraine is no quick journey either.
While all this might have informed Spurs' loss to Norwich, to claim it was predominantly behind it would be a disservice to Chris Hughton's determined team.
The Canaries just wanted this one a whole lot more, making their quality count on both ends of the pitch a lot more tellingly.
Those Spurs players who did not feature in the Europa League were a good example of a difference where fatigue cannot be cited.
Emmanuel Adebayor was missing a sharpness crucial to a style that often operates within the smallest of degrees. Mousa Dembele was similarly sluggish, and both should have been as fresh as a pair of daisies having not played in over a week.
Hugo Lloris (typically alert) and Aaron Lennon (Spurs' most eager player) deserve some credit for being ready for this one. Each would be right to feel slightly aggrieved many of their teammates were not so prepared to play.
European competition is a fact of life in the upper echelons of the game's top leagues. Granted, Arsenal did not have to travel this week, but their Champions League loss to reigning holders Bayern Munich will undoubtedly have sapped at their energies.
Yet, there they were on Saturday, putting Sunderland to the sword only three days later. Heck, even Swansea City went to Anfield after their European efforts and almost produced a shock before ultimately being beaten 4-3.
Tiredness is an issue over a long season. But it is only an excuse when sufficient levels of effort have been put forth. That was not the case with Spurs against Norwich.