Pochettino: We deserved more than a draw

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Mauricio Pochettino felt his Tottenham team could have had more to show for their afternoon’s work than just the one point against West Ham United.

Harry Kane again provided the heroics for Tottenham as he equalised with the final kick of the game to prevent West Ham collecting a third successive win at White Hart Lane.

The England Under-21 international, brimming with confidence having scored 11 in his previous 10 Barclays Premier League games, saw a last-gasp penalty saved but tucked away the rebound to secure what could prove to be a vital 2-2 draw for Mauricio Pochettino’s side.

“In the last 10 minutes I think we came back into the game and scored the penalty in the last moment,” he told BT Sport. “If you analyse the whole game, we started very well and we created some chances – we had three chances to score.

“After they scored, I think we started to play a slow tempo and it was difficult for us to play. But, if we analyse the 90 minutes, I think we deserve more than the one point.”

On the penalty incident, he added: “It’s difficult from my position on the bench. I always accept the decision from the referee.”

Kane, who headed into the game already brimming with confidence having scored 11 in his previous 10 top-flight games, was pleased to have come through the late test of nerve – albeit at the second attempt.

“It’s a nervous penalty to take, last minute, but these things happen,” he said. “When your luck’s in, your luck’s in and it fell nicely for me and I put it away, so I’ll take that.”

He added: “We were sloppy in the first half, kept giving the ball away, but we never gave up – we dug deep.

“At 2-0 down we started playing better – we knew what we had to do and delighted to draw in the end.

“We went 2-0 down and I didn’t see one head drop or anyone look disappointed. We knew we still had half an hour to get back into the game. We said, ‘get one goal and the second will come’. Obviously we left it late again, but it shows the character in the squad.”

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  1. Poch has got to be joking! We were damn lucky to come away with a point out of that game. After the first 20 minutes, which we dominated, we then offered nothing until the last 15 minutes. I thought the decision to substitute Noble changed the game. West Ham sat back after that and invited us to play through midfield, which we did and pushed them back. We still got lucky though, with two goals that both had a distinct element of good fortune. Happy to take a point out of a game, but frankly we deserved nothing!


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