Pochettino: Spurs were in shock

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Head coach Mauricio Pochettino believes they deserved more from a display undone by Ameobi’s sucker punch.

“It was a shock because after that it all changed in this moment,” said the Argentinian, who was not even back in his seat when the substitute scored.

“Seven or six seconds before, all was happiness and there was good energy in the stadium. Our supporters were happy and believed that we would get a good result.

“But in this moment, I think it was difficult to manage in our head. Our heads had gone and we started to take rash decisions on the pitch.

“It was difficult because 12 or 14 minutes later, we conceded again another goal. At 2-1, it was difficult.”

Pochettino’s main complaint after the match was the lack of mental strength displayed by the Tottenham squad.

It undid what he called their best half of their season on what is not the first time the Spurs boss has bemoaned his players’ mentality.

“It is not something where you can analyse the action, sort the tactical situation and move the players,” Pochettino said.

“With mentality, we need to work hard. It is not easy. We need to be more strong, like a team. This is our challenge.

“We need to speak, we need to create a different situation on the training ground and work.

“We know how but always you need to spend time to work in this area. It is not the same as in physical or tactical situations. It is a different area.”

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