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Spurs 0-1 Villa - Mauricio's verdict

Sat 11 April 2015, 18:05|Tottenham Hotspur

Mauricio Pochettino conceded ‘we made it difficult for ourselves’ as we suffered our first home defeat in the Premier League since November against Villa on Saturday.

Christian Benteke’s first half header was enough for the visitors as we struggled to carve out clear-cut chances at White Hart Lane.

Danny Rose forced a fine save from Brad Guzan in the first half and Harry Kane’s curler grazed the roof of the net in the second half but Villa had chances as well, struck the post in the first half and forced the save of the game from Michel Vorm late on.

“From the beginning of the game we made it difficult for ourselves because we didn’t manage the ball properly,” said a disappointed Mauricio.

“We gave them easy possession and then we conceded the first goal with the first chance they had. After that we tried but it’s always difficult when you go 1-0 down.

“Maybe there was a lack of intensity in the first half, we increased that in the second half but it wasn’t enough.

“When you play a team like Aston Villa or Burnley, they play for survival, they increase their levels and are more aggressive. You need to match that aggression and maybe we were one step behind.

“In the last two games it’s been difficult for us, we haven’t scored and we need to push hard and to increase our performance.”