Monday 16 December 2019

Draw frustrates Pochettino

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino (left) had to settle for a point from their trip to Sunderland.
Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino (left) had to settle for a point from their trip to Sunderland.

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino was a disappointed man after seeing his side twice let a lead slip on their way to a draw at Sunderland.

Spurs dominated for long periods, leading 1-0 and 2-1 as well as hitting the post and crossbar through Moussa Dembele and Erik Lamela before eventually emerging with a 2-2 draw.

Pochettino said: "I am very disappointed and my players too because we played very well. We created a lot of chances, we managed the game.

"But it's true that we scored the first goal and then in the next action, we conceded a goal - this is important to analyse.

"But afterwards, we had a very good performance. We were unlucky because our performance was good.

"It's difficult for me here now to explain the game because it's only 25 minutes since it finished, but I think we deserved more. In another game, you could create fewer chances and win the game.

"Today, we were unlucky because the last goal we conceded, the ball could have gone across the goal and gone away, but before we conceded the goal, we created a lot of chances, we managed the game, we were better and we couldn't score.

"You need to kill the game. Today, we created the chances and we didn't kill the game, and we gave the opportunity to Sunderland to score."

Spurs needed just two minutes to get their noses in front when Nacer Chadli pounced after Vito Mannone failed to hold Emmanuel Adebayor's shot.

But their lead lasted just two minutes as Adam Johnson set off an a mazy run before curling a shot past keeper Hugo Lloris.

Christian Eriksen restored the visitors' advantage three minutes after the restart, but two points slipped from their grasp eight minutes from time when substitute Harry Kane inadvertently turned Jordi Gomez's driven free-kick into his own net.

Pochettino said: "That's football. He [Kane] was unlucky, but that's football. These things sometimes happen in football."

Opposite number Gus Poyet was understandably far more satisfied with the result after admitting his side had been second-best on the day.

Asked if he was happy, he said: "Yes, I am. It was the hardest game we have played so far and the best team we have played against by far. It was a really, really hard day for us.

"It was a proper point, one that you needed to work really hard to get, so yes, I am happy.

"That was the big positive today. The players on the pitch kept going, they tried, they fought, they tackled and they came back into the game doing the right things as well.

"It was a hard day and I am sure that Mauricio Pochettino is disappointed that he didn't win - but that's the Barclays Premier League.

"If you stay in the game and you believe in what you do and you are a good group of people playing together, you are going to always have a chance to get something from the game."

The Black Cats are yet to win a Premier League game this season - they have three draws and one defeat to their name to date - but Poyet is not overly concerned by that.

He said: "The more we talk about the win that we haven't got yet, the more difficult it is going to become. Me, I can see it the other way around: we have lost one game in five.

"I depends how you see it. I don;t want to be one war or the other, I just think today, it was a really, really good point to take.

"If we fight the way we fought today, if we are concentrated and we don't concede the kind of crazy goal that we conceded, we will have a chance against other teams to get that win that we need."

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