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Sun 21 April 2019, 13:47|Tottenham Hotspur

Eric Dier had mixed emotions after returning from injury against City on Saturday.

First of all, the midfielder couldn’t hide his delight after pulling on a Spurs shirt again, City his first action in almost a month after picking up a hip injury on England duty in March.

That was the third – and hopefully last – blow for Eric this season following bouts of Appendicitis and Tonsillitis that have restricted his game time since early December.

Ultimately though, a player’s mood will depend on the result and despite a fine performance against the title favourites, we ended up on the wrong side of a 1-0 loss.

Phil Foden struck the decisive goal in the fifth minute. We created plenty of chances after that and City had goalkeeper Ederson to thank for a string of fine saves. It wasn't to be.

The sheer effort the players have put in is something to be proud of, but at the same time, we’re disappointed

Eric Dier

“I’m so happy to be back, it's been a tough spell for me,” beamed Eric, reflecting on his hour stint at the Etihad, before turning to the match itself.

“It’s always a difficult game against City, they are a fantastic side and we competed superbly. The effort of everyone, players and staff, has been incredible to watch, the sheer effort the players have put in, to come here three days ago and then come back and do it all again against City is something to be proud of, but at the same time, we’re disappointed.

“We’re disappointed with the goal we conceded but after that, we had the chances. On another day, maybe we would have got more out of the game. A couple of situations could have gone another way. We played well, competed and deserved more.”