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Everton 0-1 Spurs - Mauricio's verdict

Posted on 24 May 2015  - 19:00

Mauricio Pochettino felt our first half display was as good as any this season as a 1-0 win at Goodison Park secured fifth place in the Premier League on Sunday.

Mauricio with Harry Kane at the final whistleNacer Chadli tries to break through

Harry Kane headed home his 31st goal of the campaign and what turned out to be the winner on 24 minutes as we dominated proceedings in the opening 45 minutes.

Indeed, with 30 minutes on the clock, we’d registered 11 efforts at goal and enjoyed over 60 per cent possession against a team renowned for keeping hold of the ball.

We maintained control in the second half and were only seriously threatened twice – Hugo Lloris thwarted Brendan Galloway with a typically-brave save at the full-back's feet and Steven Naismith aimed an overhead kick a yard over in added time.

We claimed maximum points for the ninth time on our travels in the Premier League this season and leapfrogged over Liverpool into fifth after the Reds were beaten by Stoke.

“I must congratulate the players for their fantastic effort, amazing,” said Mauricio. “I’m very happy for them because the season was very tough.

“The first half was one of the best performances of the season. We played well and deserved to score more goals. In the end, we were really happy with the performance and the result. It was important to win and with Liverpool’s defeat at Stoke, to finish fifth is a fantastic achievement this season.”

Mauricio was last off the pitch at Goodison after going over to salute our travelling fans. “The supporters were fantastic,” he said.

“We had the chance to say ‘thanks’ one last time for this season. I’m really pleased for them. They deserve this position in the table.”