Tuesday 27 September 2016

Pochettino delighted to stop the rot

Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 Crystal Palace

Published 21/08/2016 | 02:30

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino celebrates after Victor Wanyama scores their first goal Photo: Reuters / Eddie Keogh
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino celebrates after Victor Wanyama scores their first goal Photo: Reuters / Eddie Keogh

Mauricio Pochettino believes Tottenham's late win over Crystal Palace has laid to rest the demons from the end of last season. Victor Wanyama, signed from Southampton in June, headed home in the 83rd minute to give Spurs their first victory of the campaign.

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Pochettino's men had drawn three and lost two of their previous five league matches, after ending last term on a sour note and handing the title to Leicester - and second place to arch-rivals Arsenal.

Victor Wanyama puts away the first goal for Tottenham Photo: Reuters / Eddie Keogh
Victor Wanyama puts away the first goal for Tottenham Photo: Reuters / Eddie Keogh

"I think it's very important to recover this feeling because the end of last season was hard, tough," the Argentinian said. "Today was good to forget last season and to look forward. I'm very happy now with the performance of all the squad."

Tottenham looked to be heading for another frustrating afternoon after both Harry Kane and Vincent Janssen, deployed together for the first time, missed chances to break the deadlock. Wanyama, however, making his home debut, was in the right place at the right time, nodding home from close range after Kane had met Erik Lamela's corner.

"I'm very happy with Victor because it's very important to score in your first home game and feel the love from your supporters," Pochettino said.

Hugo Lloris' hamstring injury meant Kane was handed the captain's armband and he was also given a strike partner, with new signing Janssen taking the place of Dele Alli. Pochettino said Alli had been ill and missed training on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Tottenham's Harry Kane tries to pull away from Crystal Palace's Yohan Cabaye Photo: Reuters / Andrew Couldridge
Tottenham's Harry Kane tries to pull away from Crystal Palace's Yohan Cabaye Photo: Reuters / Andrew Couldridge

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