Spurs 2-2 West Ham - Mauricio's verdict
22 February 2015|Tottenham Hotspur
Mauricio Pochettino conceded we weren’t at our best against West Ham but praised the never-say-die spirit the team displayed again in coming from 2-0 down with only 10 minutes remaining to draw 2-2 in Sunday’s derby at the Lane.
After a bright start where Nabil Bentaleb forced a fine save from Adrian and Harry Kane hit the post, West Ham opened the scoring somewhat against the run of play on 22 minutes through Cheikhou Kouyate’s header.
Diafra Sakho made it 2-0 on 62 minutes before Danny Rose gave us a chance at 2-1 with 10 minutes remaining.
We were then camped in and around West Ham’s penalty area, Adrian denied Roberto Soldado and Christian Eriksen but with four minutes and 47 seconds of five minutes added time on the clock, Alex Song tripped Harry in the box and the striker stepped up to convert his 24th goal of the season, burying the rebound after his initial effort was saved.
“I think we started very well and created chances but after they scored and it was difficult for us, a tough moment,” reflected Mauricio
“Our performance was poor and we couldn’t find the way to play in our style.
“In the second half it was unlucky because they scored, maybe offside, but it was difficult for us.
“But we finished the game well again.
“We pushed in the last 20 minutes. We improved our performance, showed character and never gave up. We need to congratulate our players for that.
“Maybe it wasn’t the best game but on days like today it’s important to show that character.
“We need to be happy about that. We are stronger and sometimes it’s difficult to play every game with the same intensity and same quality.”
Mauricio said he believed we’d get something out of the game once Danny’s volley hit the net to make it 2-1. “Yes, I think that was the key moment to believe that we could score the second goal.”