Spurs 0-1 Palace - Mauricio's verdict
21 February 2016|Tottenham Hotspur
Mauricio Pochettino felt we deserved more after Palace put us to the sword in the FA Cup on Sunday.
We were made to pay for missed chances - particularly in the first half - as full-back Martin Kelly struck the only goal of the fifth round tie in first half injury time at the Lane.
The team went after Palace from the off and players and fans alike were scratching their heads wondering how we didn’t go ahead in the first half.
Dele Alli’s close range header hit Yohan Cabaye on the goal line in the third minute and the same player saw another effort hit one post, roll across the line and hit the other post before being cleared. Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen tested Wayne Hennessey in the second half and when both Kane and Josh Onomah failed to touch home Alli’s cross barely a yard out you began to wonder whether or not it was going to be our day.
Palace also looked a threat on the break as we pushed forward but try as we might, it stayed 1-0 – our first loss in 10 in all competitions.
“We’re very disappointed,” said Mauricio. “The result was negative but we’re disappointed because when you play badly, you don’t deserve anything but we were unlucky and deserved more. This can happen in football.
Below: Mauricio speaks to Spurs TV
“We created the better chances, dominated the game and if we’d managed to go ahead it would have been a different game.
“At the end when you assess the game, we deserved more but we were unlucky and when you play a lot of matches sometimes it’s difficult to win every game. The effort was good again but this time with a different result.
“Now we have another final on Thursday in the Europa League, a different competition and a very tough game again.
“We are in a period now where it’s impossible to rest so we need to be focused every day and ready to compete on Thursday.”
We take on Serie A side Fiorentina in the second leg of our Europa League, Round of 32 tie on Thursday night. We drew 1-1 in the first leg in Florence last week.