Spurs 2-2 Stoke - Mauricio's verdict
15 August 2015|Tottenham Hotspur
Mauricio Pochettino summed-up his thoughts on our 2-2 draw against Stoke by admitting: “It feels like a defeat.”
We put in an impressive performance to lead 2-0 at the break thanks to goals from Eric Dier and Nacer Chadli on our first match at the Lane since mid-May.
It might have been more as well as England Under-21 goalkeeper Jack Butland was at his best to deny Christian Eriksen twice and most notably Ryan Mason in the first half.
But Stoke remained a threat and were handed a lifeline on 78 minutes when Toby Alderweireld was judged to have brought down Joselu and Marko Arnautovic slotted home from the penalty spot.
Five minutes later and Mame Biram Diouf headed home from close range for 2-2 and the visitors had the better chances in the latter stages.
A third goal would surely have killed the game but Mauricio was more disappointed in failing to see it out at 2-0 rather than scoring a third.
“Our feeling now is like we lost the game because at 2-0, we played much better than the opponent and deserved to win,” said Mauricio.
“It was a fantastic first half but we need to be stronger in our mentality and in defensive situations because the way we conceded the goals and the chances in the second half, in the last 15 minutes, we need to improve.
“After the penalty we were a little bit soft, conceded chances and we need to improve in this area.
“Now we need to look forward and prepare for the next game.”