Monday 10 December 2018

Mauricio Pochettino gives his verdict as Tottenham drop two points at home to West Ham

Son Heung-min and Pedro Obiang each scored a stunner as Tottenham were held by West Ham to a 1-1 draw at Wembley.

Spurs had hit 20 shots by the time the Hammers took the lead with their first as Obiang beat Hugo Lloris with a blistering effort from 30 yards.

Son replied with his own spectacular long-range strike six minutes from time, but Tottenham were unable to find a winner on another frustrating night for them at the national stadium.

The draw leaves Mauricio Pochettino's side three points short of Liverpool in fourth, while West Ham climb to 15th, three points clear of the relegation zone.

When asked why his side did not collect the points after dominating the game, Pochettino offered up this response.

"We only scored once - and the most difficult chance," he said. "I'm very pleased with the effort but very unhappy with the result. We deserved to win but football is like this and we have to accept that.

"We had to score and be effective in front of goal. To play and run like that after two games in 48 hours deserves credit.

"It was an amazing goal from Obiang, their first shot, it's difficult to accept. Normally we would finish 3-1, 4-1, 5-1 but it wasn't like this.

"I didn't see any penalty shouts from my position. I am not going to say anything about the referee, I trust in them."

West Ham boss David Moyes believes his side deserve credit for a collecting a battling point two days after a vital victory against West Bromwich Albion.

"To come here and get a point after what we did two days ago is a great effort," said Moyes.

"We have scored a goal and so have they - they can have as many shots as they like. It was a great finish from Obiang. He struck it brilliantly well.

"We're miles away from how I want us to play but we are doing some things right. We are defending well which gives us a chance against the top teams. I want the players to look up the table.

"We need a lot in the transfer window but if I can get one or two I'll be happy."

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