West Brom 1-1 Spurs - Mauricio's reaction
15 October 2016|Tottenham Hotspur
Happy with the display, disappointed with the result - you got the impression that Mauricio Pochettino’s overall feeling was one of ‘glass half empty’ after the 1-1 draw at West Brom on Saturday.
The match certainly followed a familiar pattern. We dominated for long periods and had the home team pinned in their half for much of the first half, but Ben Foster was outstanding in goal and kept us at bay with four fine saves to deny Dele Alli twice, Ben Davies and the pick, low down to his right to fingertip away Christian Eriksen’s drive.
We continued to dominate possession after the break but West Brom came more into the game and found the opening goal from a reliable source, a set-piece as James McClean’s shot was saved well by Hugo Lloris only for Nacer Chadli - who else? - to sweep home the rebound.
Below: Mauricio speaks to Spurs TV at The Hawthorns
So having dominated, we found ourselves 1-0 down with eight minutes to go but there is no laying down with this team and as we ticked into the 89th minute, the pressure finally told as Alli finished from close range.
There was still time for Foster to deny Eriksen for a final time as it ended 1-1 for the third-time running between the teams.
“We feel a little disappointed,” reflected Mauricio. “I think we were much better but in football, you need to score.
“In the first half we managed the game completely and created chances but if you don’t open the scoring, a team like West Brom is dangerous from set-pieces and that’s how we conceded the goal.
“The character we showed after that was fantastic so I’m happy with the performance but yes, disappointed with the result.”
‘This team never gives up’
Mauricio: “That is good and it’s always important to show character and belief. It’s important to congratulate the players because the effort was fantastic.”
How did Mauricio feel as the game unfolded?
“I was disappointed but that can always happen in football. We created a lot of chances in the first half and that was key because you give belief to the opponent when it’s still 0-0 (at half-time) after the way we played and the quality we showed in the first half.”
On the impact of the subs
Mauricio: “Always, football is about the collective, we have a very strong squad and it’s our decision to pick the team for every game and I’m happy with everyone.”