More Ramos misery as Spurs crash

Tottenham boss Juande Ramos was left clinging desperately to his job on Thursday after watching his struggling side crash to a 2-0 UEFA Cup defeat at Udinese.

Spurs, rock-bottom of the English Premier League without a win this season, also finished this opening Group D clash with ten men after Jamie O'Hara was red-carded just before the hour mark.

Udinese, second in Serie A behind defending champions Inter Milan, were ahead after 24 minutes when Tottenham goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes brought down Fabio Quagliarella inside the area.

Antonio Di Natale coolly scored from the penalty spot.

O'Hara's dismissal, for successive fouls on Alexis Sanchez, only added to Spurs' problems and they were under the cosh for the remainder of the tie.

Udinese substitute Simone Pepe, who had replaced Sanchez in the 79th minute, added the second goal four minutes from the end when he slotted a pass from Quagliarella beyond Gomes.

Tottenham's best chance fell to Darren Bent who had a header well saved by goalkeeper Samir Handanovic.

But the Londoners' fruitless trip to Italy was best summed up by the pre-match ommission of midfielder David Bentley who was dropped for his criticism of the club.