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'We have to keep going' - Son, Trippier and Vertonghen on our draw at Watford

Posted on 3 December 2017  - 08:45

There was a sense of determination from the dressing room after the players dug deep for a point at Watford on Saturday.

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We conceded early first again - against the run of play - but looked good when Heung-Min Son levelled on 25 minutes.

We looked on course going into half-time and in the early stages of the second half but Davinson Sanchez was sent off on 52 minutes and that brought Watford back into the game.

Mauricio Pochettino's thoughts

Nevertheless, our 10 men defended well for the following 42 minutes and we always tried to push on for a winner without creating too many clear-cut chances. Watford hit the bar, Moussa Sissoko went closest for us with a shot into the side-netting.

The result made it four without a win in the Premier League but there is a steely belief that we will quickly turn it around.

Here’s what Kieran Trippier, Jan Vertonghen and Heung-Min Son had to say...

Below: Kieran upended by Zeegelaar

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Kieran Trippier

On the game...
“It was difficult when we went down to 10 men but we still created chances and kept pushing on for the three points. We had to dig deep. Watford are a good side and they played well. The spirit was good but we’re disappointed we didn’t get the three points.”

Any concerns about this current run?
“No, of course not. We’ve got a fantastic team, great spirit, a hungry young team and a great manager – we just have to keep going.”

Below: Jan up against Deeney

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Jan Vertonghen

General view...
“We wanted to win, even with 10 men we were still looking good and it feels like we’ve dropped two points here even after the red card. We kept fighting, we still had at least 50 per cent of the game and if we’d gone for 10, 15 minutes longer, I think we could have won.”

On the physical challenge at Watford...
“We knew we had to level up our physical game and I think we did well there. We showed that we want to fight for each other and in this phase of the season this is the most important thing.”

On our current run...
“We have to get back to winning ways and we know that. We had a run where we had to win a couple of games and we didn’t so I suppose the pressure is a little bit more, but we know we can win these games.”

Below: Sonny taps home Christian Eriksen's cross for 1-1

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Heung-Min Son

General thoughts...
“It was a difficult game. We conceded a goal from a set-piece but it was good timing to score before half-time. We had confidence after we scored and we were looking good but then we got the red card in the second half. Of course, it’s difficult with one less player, we defended well and looked for the counter-attack. We were unlucky. We’re all disappointed.”