'We showed we've matured' - Christian on tough win against Saints
19 March 2017|Tottenham Hotspur
His goal was a thing of footballing beauty, but Christian Eriksen was happy to ‘win ugly’ in the second half of a tough encounter with Southampton on Sunday.
The Danish star made it to double-figures in all competitons this season with a cracking opening goal after 14 minutes. Mousa Dembele fed the ball into Christian’s path as he ran in from the right before unleashing a low, left-foot curler into the bottom corner from 25 yards.
Dele Alli made it 2-0 from the penalty spot 20 minutes later and Fraser Forster somehow kept out Toby Alderweireld’s point-blank header from Christian’s corner as we took control of the first half.
James Ward-Prowse reduced arrears for the Saints on 52 minutes and, as Mauricio Pochettino explained, that gave the visitors the belief to push on for an equaliser. Claude Puel’s men pushed us back without seriously testing Hugo Lloris, although we were tested defensively before coming away with maximum points - and our 10th straight win at home in the Premier League.
“We showed our ability on the ball and created enough chances to score more goals (in the first half) and maybe we should have scored more to make it easier in the second half,” said Christian.
“That didn’t happen and that’s why the pressure came to us at the end. The second half was a different game but we showed we’ve matured from last season where we only conceded one goal not two when we were 2-0 up.
“We showed we’re capable of winning 2-1 in an ugly second half and we need to keep doing that.
“We’re one of the teams with the fewest goals conceded (21 in the Premier League, joint-best with Chelsea) so we’re doing well that well. We score a lot of goals but we also defend well. We work together as a team and that’s something the gaffer has instilled in us.”