Burnley manager Owen Coyle accepted that his side had been over-run during the second half of their 4-1 Carling Cup semi-final first leg defeat at Spurs.
The Clarets led 1-0 at the interval at White Hart Lane thanks to a Martin Paterson goal, but were torn apart by their Premier League opponents after the restart.
Coyle admitted: "We did everything which was asked of us and had looked a good side.
"But I do not think anyone would have for seen what was going to happen at the start of the second half.
"But when you are playing teams at the top level, if you switch off for a moment, you will get punished.
"I felt if we had kept it nice and compact, we could have taken it back to Turf Moor and had a reasonable chance.
"As it is, we have given ourselves more than a mountain to climb and there is a long way back."