Stoke boss Tony Pulis blamed his side's lack of concentration at the back for their 3-2 defeat against Tottenham.
Peter Crouch scored twice while Luka Modric added another despite two fantastic goals from Matthew Etherington and Kenwyne Jones in response at White Hart Lane.
The Potters boss was disappointed with the overall showing from his defence.
He told Sky Sports: "I thought our defending for the first 20-25 minutes was poor. We stood off and watched players.
"We're really disappointed with the three goals that we conceded despite scoring two really good goals.
"We got closer to them in the second half and gave them a run for their money."
When asked what he said to his players at half-time, Pulis replied: "It was more our defenders. Our front six were really good. They weren't tight enough and they allowed people to drift off."
Stoke came close to making it 3-3 at the start of the second half when Jon Walters struck the woodwork.
And Pulis thought the ball was in the back of the net. "I haven't seen it, but I got to be honest, I thought the ball was in."
The City boss is now looking forward to his side's FA Cup semi-final against Bolton next weekend.
He added: "The fans will do their best to turn Wembley into their Britannia Stadium and if they can do that, it will been fantastic."