Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Tom Huddlestone confessed that his side froze during their disastrous first half an hour against Young Boys before turning it around and giving themselves a chance to advance to the Champions League group stage.
The England international came on after just 35 minutes with Spurs already facing a 3-0 deficit to the home side, and it looking like Tottenham were about to endure a devastating defeat in the first leg of their Champions League qualifying tie.
However, despite Young Boys missing a host of glorious opportunities to effectively put the tie away, Spurs were able to fight back after goals from Sebastien Bassong and Roman Pavlyuchenko to make the final score 3-2 heading into the second leg at White Hart Lane.
Huddlestone, whose entrance into the match turned the game around, admitted that it seemed that Spurs were throwing away all of the work they had done the previous season to make it to the Champions League.
“It felt at half time that we had wasted the 38 games of last season but at the final whistle we are still in with a shout,” Huddlestone told The Mirror.
“The manager just told me to get on the ball as much as I could and as long as I was able to make decent angles it gave the back four some different options. They could give me the ball in any situation.
“The first half was looking disastrous. Really it could have been four or five. We could have been dead and buried.
“We sort of froze – to go down after four minutes away from home is never good. But the ball seemed to go in the net every shot they had. We grafted through 38 games last season to finish fourth then it comes down to two play-offs.”
Now, with the task much easier thanks to their comeback from the terrible start, Huddlestone knows that Spurs will have a great chance to advance when they come home for the return leg at White Hart Lane.
“The main objective is to get in the group stages, regardless of how you do it.
“At 3-0 down it would have been a massive task.
“At 3-2 with two away goals at White Hart Lane for a night game, the atmosphere will be tremendous. It means a lot to the players and the fans.”