Antonio Conte explains bittersweet feeling after draw against West Ham

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Antonio Conte
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Antonio Conte admitted that while he is disappointed that his side were not able to get all three points against West Ham, he insisted that a draw is not a bad result at the London Stadium.

In stark contrast to their last three games where Tottenham have started slowly and clicked into the gear after the interval, the visitors had the better of proceedings in the first half against their London rivals on Wednesday.

Conte’s men dominated both territorially and in terms of possession in the first 45 minutes and went into half-time with a deserved 1-0 lead.

However, the Hammers came back into the game after the interval and applied more pressure on the Lilywhites. Tomas Soucek equalised in the 55th minute after Spurs switched off as the home side took a quick throw-in.

Conte said that the goal his side conceded was avoidable but insisted that he was happy with team’s overall performance.

The Italian told Football.London: “In the end, I think that we had the opportunity to get three points today, and for this reason, we have to be a bit disappointed with the final result on the one hand. On the other, it is not easy to play against West Ham – especially in this stadium, with this atmosphere.

“In my opinion, West Ham are a really good team. They are strong physically. We knew the capacity of West Ham to be dangerous from corners, set pieces, and throw-ins, and I think we prepared very well and trained very well.

“But you can pay attention for 95 minutes, but only once you don’t pay attention, and you concede a goal that you can avoid. Because I repeat, we conceded a goal that we could have avoided. And in the end, one point is good, especially I repeat away against West Ham.”

Spurs Web Opinion

It is concerning that we have not been able to control games for the full 90 minutes. Having said that, we have not conceded man chances to any of the teams we have played so far, which is what makes me believe that our run is very much sustainable.

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