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Everton 1-1 Spurs - Mauricio's verdict

Posted on 3 January 2016  - 19:30

The quiet sound of disappointment was music to Mauricio Pochettino’s ears at Goodison Park after Sunday’s 1-1 draw against Everton.

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An outstanding first half display - arguably our best 45 minutes of the season - went unrewarded as Everton via Aaron Lennon, who else, opened the scoring with their first effort at goal on 22 minutes.

After 64% possession and 12 efforts to the home side’s three, including Harry Kane and Ben Davies both hitting the woodwork - Dele Alli finally struck in added time to take us into half-time level.

The second half followed a similar pattern but we couldn’t find a potential winner and a late flurry from Everton saw Hugo Lloris forced into two saves late in the game as it stayed 1-1.

The disappointment was palpable in the dressing room area afterwards. “We need to be pleased and very happy with the performance because Goodison Park is always a difficult place to play and we managed the game well,” said Mauricio.

“The feeling in the dressing room now is all about how we are - we’re disappointed, the players don’t want to play music as normal because they feel disappointed they drew a game we should have won because we played much, much better than Everton.

“That’s good though, it shows our mentality is strong and that we are ambitious.”

Mauricio was almost at a loss for words when Lennon struck. “It can happen in football. It was unbelievable, one shot after 22 minutes, a shot on target and a goal," he added.

“It’s always a challenge here and a good test. If we analyse the 95 minutes we fully deserved the victory but you need to score and to be clinical in front of goal. It was unlucky but once again we showed we’re strong.

“The most important thing is to look long-term, 38 games and we’re happy in the way we play and we believe. We’re in a good way.”