Palace 1-3 Spurs - Mauricio's verdict
23 January 2016|Tottenham Hotspur
Mauricio Pochettino felt we were deserved winners at Crystal Palace on Saturday.
We fell behind in the first period through an unfortunate Jan Vertonghen own goal but Harry Kane headed us back on level terms just after the hour mark as our control of the game started to pay dividends.
We had a couple of let-offs after that with Hugo Lloris making two fine saves and Toby Alderweireld making a vital block, while Palace hit the woodwork twice in quick succession as they tried to edge themselves back in front.
The next goal went our way, though, and what a strike it was! Dele Alli came up with a moment of magic to volley in for 2-1 on 84 minutes, with Nacer Chadli rounding off the scoring in stoppage time with a fine strike of his own.
“I’m very pleased, I think the effort was fantastic,” said Head Coach Mauricio. “We went 1-0 down in the first half, we sorted some problems and in the second half we fully deserved the result after 95 minutes and a lot of fantastic goals.
“It’s been a great week and it was an important win today in a difficult stadium.”
Mauricio threw on Nacer for Eric Dier when we were 1-0 down and he explained the thinking behind that decision: “Eric was a little bit tired, we wanted to put more offensive players on, play more attacking and have more options,” he said.
“I think that it was good but after 95 minutes we fully deserved the result and it’s fair. I’m very pleased because after Wednesday in the FA Cup against Leicester the effort from the squad was fantastic. It was a great result.”
Jan was forced off injured in the second period and Mauricio added: “We need to wait until tomorrow to assess him. We hope there is not a big problem, but it’s better to wait before saying anything because we need to assess him tomorrow.”
And on Dele’s incredible strike, he said: “It was a fantastic goal, he deserves a lot of praise. It was a great, great, great goal.”