West Ham 2-3 Spurs - Mauricio's reaction
23 September 2017|Tottenham Hotspur
Mauricio Pochettino told us all beforehand how much this derby means to everyone and he was delighted to deliver a victory at the London Stadium.
As always, it was a rollercoaster ride in east London. We were cruising at 3-0 up on the hour but West Ham pulled a goal back, Serge Aurier was then sent off and our 10 men had to batten down the hatches for the final 20 minutes.
In fairness, we arguably had the better chances on the break as West Ham pushed on but when Cheikhou Kouyate headed home for 3-2 with three minutes (plus four minutes added time) remaining, you knew the Hammers would throw everything at us, with the aerial weapon of Andy Carroll ready to cause mayhem.
We held on - but surely few could argue we deserved the points on the overall balance of play and that first hour where Harry Kane’s quickfire double towards the end of the first half and Christian Eriksen’s measured strike looked to have put us beyond reach.
“Now, I feel very well,” said Mauricio. “I’m so happy for our players and fans because I told you, we know what it (this game) means after four seasons at Tottenham, you start to feel how our fans are, it’s how we are.
“I’m very happy for them because not only do you play for three points but for pride, for emotion. Our effort was fantastic.”
Mauricio explained that he actually enjoyed seeing the team come to terms with 10 men and coming through under pressure.
“It was difficult with 10 men, they started to dominate,” he added. “You know, sometimes it’s good to win in that way - fighting, suffering.
“That way, you are all closer - the team, the fans, all suffering together. It’s an emotion that makes you stronger. I hope the result in this type of game - a derby - can help us in the future.”
It's a quick turn around as we travel to Cyprus on Monday for our second match in Champions Lague Group H against APOEL on Nicosia on Tuesday night (7.45pm UK).