Wednesday 20 February 2019

Pochettino pleased to see Eriksen share goalscoring burden

Mauricio Pochettino's Tottenham secured their first Premier League win at Wembley
Mauricio Pochettino's Tottenham secured their first Premier League win at Wembley

Mauricio Pochettino admits it is important not to be over-reliant on Harry Kane for goals following Tottenham's 1-0 Premier League victory against Bournemouth.

The Spurs boss expressed displeasure on Friday at comments from Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola describing his side as 'the Harry Kane team'.

England striker Kane had hit 11 goals in his last six club appearances, but it was Christian Eriksen who chipped in with the only goal on Saturday as Tottenham won a league game at Wembley for the first time.

"I think it's important that not only Harry Kane scores goals, today it was Christian," Pochettino said after the narrow success.

"Harry is so happy, when he scores he is more than happy but he's so happy first of all because he wants always to win.

"But it's important that different players score goals too."

Following a tight first half in which a block from Davinson Sanchez and a superb save from goalkeeper Hugo Lloris prevented Tottenham from falling behind, Denmark midfielder Eriksen claimed the winner with a cool finish two minutes after the restart.

Spurs had further chances to increase their advantage, while their former striker Jermain Defoe almost sneaked an equaliser at the other end after coming off the Cherries' bench.

The hosts, however, held on and Argentinian Pochettino conceded that a weight had been lifted by the first league success at their temporary home, which came at the fourth attempt.

"I think it's so important to start to feel that you can win here in the Premier League," he added. "To feel that Wembley is your home.

"I remember more than three years ago, when we arrived I think it was difficult to adapt our game to White Hart Lane, there was a little bit of a problem about the size of the pitch and then we started to feel that we can win and be nearly invincible last season.

"I think we only need time to perform as well and win games here."

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe felt a momentary lapse cost his struggling team.

Match-winner Eriksen bundled his way through a tame tackle from Cherries captain Simon Francis on the edge of the visitors' box and then calmly stroked the ball into the bottom left corner.

"I thought we battled away really well, it was always going to be a tough game today," said Howe, whose team remain 19th in the table.

"We congested the centre of the pitch, we tried to make it difficult for them to penetrate us in that area and probably the one time that they did we conceded from it.

"For the majority of the game, I was delighted with how we implemented the game plan, we just didn't take that chance when it came and obviously the goal's a soft one from our perspective."

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