'We've learned a lot' - Dier reflects on City draw
23 January 2017|Tottenham Hotspur
Quiet reflection was the order of the day after our 2-2 draw at the Etihad and for Eric Dier, further proof of the continued development of the squad.
It was certainly a result worth celebrating. Trailing 2-0 against City, then losing centre-back Toby Alderweireld to injury at 2-1, the players deserve huge credit for hauling themselves back from a situation that looked, at best, a mountain to climb when Kevin De Bruyne tapped home for 2-0 on 54 minutes.
However, Dele Alli converted Kyle Walker's cross for 2-1 before Heung-Min Son's equaliser on 77 minutes.
It was mentioned to Eric in the tunnel afterwards that the mood was one of contemplation rather than joy at coming back. "I think that shows how far we've come, we're disappointed we haven't won the game and that's the attitude we have to have.
Below: Eric clears against City
"We had to dig deep and it's mixed emotions really. We were 2-0 down, so to bring it back to 2-2 is fantastic, but we can't feel too happy because of the way we started.
"I think we’ve learned a lot from last season. It’s the same team. There is still a long way for us to go and we can still improve in many ways but we’re definitely on the right track, always wanting to improve, always fighting.
"We lacked an aggression in our game but we made up for it because we went 2-0 down and we fought back.
"We never give up and that’s one character we have to have no matter how we’re playing. We just weren’t ourselves from the start, it’s only us to blame for that but we battled through it and managed to come out with a draw, which is fantastic."
Not a good day for us but we never gave up pic.twitter.com/AkLyV1BxlC— Eric Dier (@ericdier) January 22, 2017
Hugo Lloris made a rare mistake for City's second goal. "I don’t even want to count the number of times the 10 players on the pitch have made a mistake and he’s saved us," added Eric.
"It was our time to help him out and thankfully we did that because that’s what he deserves. I’ve said it before, for me, he’s the best goalkeeper in the Premier League and if he makes one mistakes in three seasons, we’ll all take that!"