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Performance showed maturity - Eric

Posted on 8 February 2016  - 18:15

Maturity has been a key word for Mauricio Pochettino this season and Eric Dier pinpointed that characteristic again after our 1-0 win against Watford.

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We dominated Saturday's Premier League encounter at the Lane to such an extent that entering the last 10 minutes, we'd had 23 attempts at goal to Watford's one.

However, the lead was slender as we only had Kieran Trippier's 64th-minute effort to show for our efforts.

But there was no sign of panic as we went into the crucial last minutes. Watford aimed for their dangerous front two Troy Deeney and Odion Ighalo but crosses, free-kicks and corners were all dealt with and Hugo Lloris capped it all with a fine late claim from a high cross just seconds before the final whistle to secure another win, clean sheet and three points.

The win lifted us into second place in the Premier League.

"We’re not going to deny that we’re obviously very happy in second but we know there’s a long way to go and we’re just going to continue on the path we’ve been on so far," said Eric, who started his 24th game of 25 in the Premier League.

"It was one of those games where you create so many chances and you could end up losing but we kept our composure, kept our patience and we looked very mature.

"We kept calm as we knew we’d find the breakthrough at some stage.

"Obviously the longer it goes at 0-0 with the amount of chances we created you’re always going to worry, but it was nice to get the goal and then we kept our composure, kept playing the same way and kept the ball. I think that performance shows we’ve come a long way."