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Burnley 1-1 Spurs - Mauricio's verdict

05 January 2015|Tottenham Hotspur

Mauricio Pochettino was left frustrated as we failed to capitalise on taking the lead at Burnley in Monday night’s 1-1 draw at Turf Moor in the third round of the FA Cup.

After a stalemate in the first half, Nacer Chadli opened the scoring from Ben Davies’ cross on 56 minutes and Harry Kane immediately had a chance saved by Tom Heaton as we looked for a second.

But in a game of few chances, Burnley hit back to level through substitute Sam Vokes on 73 minutes. Nacer blasted over, Harry failed to connect with the same player’s cross and Christian Eriksen’s goalbound shot was blocked as we pushed for a late winner to no avail.

It means we’ll do it all again at the Lane – date yet to be confirmed – with the winners at home to Leicester in the fourth round.

“The first half was poor from both teams, it was difficult to create a chance at either end,” said Mauricio.

“In the second half we were better, we created chances and scored. We had control of the game.

“We gave Burnley the opportunity to come back into the game and this is our frustration.

“We were better at that moment and had control of the game but in football, you need to kill the game when you have the opportunity.

“That didn’t happen tonight because we gave Burnley the opportunity to come back into the game.

“We need to be focused on our next game now, Palace, another difficult game. But we are still in the FA Cup, we will play another game at White Hart Lane and we’ll fight to go into the next round.”

There was a word of praise for our superb travelling support – 2,500 fans in a crowd of 9,348.

“The fans were amazing,” Mauricio said. “I thank them for their support on a Monday night, a long way from London. The effort was great from our supporters and I thank them all.”