Harry Redknapp was left scratching his head after Tottenham's 1-0 defeat by Everton at Goodison Park.
Nikica Jelavic marked his home debut with the winning goal which consigned Spurs to three consecutive Premier League defeats for the first time under Redknapp.
But the scoreline did not tell the whole story after Tottenham dominated the second half, with Jermain Defoe having an effort disallowed for offside while former Everton striker Louis Saha hit a post in a late scramble.
And Redknapp told ESPN: "How did we lose the game? Second half, we never came out of their half. We just battered them non-stop and could not get a break in front of goal."
Redknapp added: "We put more industry in than them and that is why we battered them in the second half.
"Our athleticism and our ability made it so they could not get the ball off us. We penned them in and just could not get the break.
"It was complete one-way traffic in the second half."
Spurs are now just four points clear of their fourth-placed North London derby rivals, Arsenal, who host Newcastle on Monday night.
It has been suggested the White Hart Lane club's season has been crumbling ever since Redknapp was linked with the England manager's job following Fabio Capello's resignation.
The Tottenham boss said regarding his club's slump: "I'm suicidal, really. We've lost away to Arsenal, away to Everton and at home to Manchester United and they're always going to be tough games.
"Two of the games we didn't deserve to lose, today and against Manchester United.
"I said all along that 10 points can evaporate very quickly. You look at the fixtures and you knew going away to Arsenal, Chelsea, playing Manchester United, they were tough games and you knew it could turn.
"But we're still in a better position than the other teams and we've just got to keep going, keep believing and we'll go again and turn it around.
Redknapp has come in for some criticism from Tottenham fans after playing Gareth Bale on the right wing for virtually the entire match against Everton .
However, he said: "I switched him, because we haven't got a wide right player.
"I've got people that can play off the left, Niko Kranjcar and Luka Modric, but there's no-one at the club apart from Aaron Lennon and David Bentley that can play wide right so it's a problem.
"He plays on the right for Wales anyway and he likes to come in on the left foot and he pinned (Leighton) Baines back."