Steven Caulker is confident Tottenham Hotspur can bounce back quickly from their disappointing 4-2 defeat at the hands of Chelsea.

Spurs came from behind to lead in the second-half of the London derby after goals from William Gallas and Jermain Defoe but the hosts were ultimately undone by Juan Mata’s three-minute brace.

Whilst Andre Villas-Boas’ side remained fifth following the loss, it did mean that the Blues pulled eight-points clear of their White Hart Lane rivals, and four-points clear of anyone at the top of the table.

Caulker is trying not to look at the league table, but focus more on some difficult matches that lie ahead both domestically and in Europe.

“Obviously it was a disappointing result from our point of view. We’ve been on a good run and that put an end to it,” he told the official Tottenham Hotspur website.

“I thought we came out really strongly in the first 10 minutes of the second half and played really well but I have to give credit to Chelsea, the better team won.

“The lads are down but we have three away games now with two cup games either side of Southampton, so we’ll look to bounce back quickly.”

A trip to NK Maribor is next on the agenda for Spurs, who need a win to get back on track in the race for progression past the Europa League group stages.

Then, after travelling to face the Saints in the league, Norwich City will provide the opposition in a League Cup fourth round clash at Carrow Road.

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