Southampton boss speaks of a missed opportunity against Spurs

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Tottenham’s win against Southampton on Saturday was a much-needed for the side given the pressure that was building due to their recent poor performances.

Mauricio Pochettino revealed that he was absolutely delighted at the character which the team displayed to get the three points despite having to play with ten men for over an hour (Football.London).

His counterpart, Ralph Hasenhüttl has now admitted that Southampton didn’t do enough to make their numerical advantage count.

Speaking to the club’s official website, the Saints manager said: “It’s an opportunity missed – a big chance. We came back into the game but didn’t do enough to make Tottenham struggle.”

He earmarked Harry Kane’s goal just before half time as a critical moment in the game and insisted it would have been a different story had the visitors had managed to stay level until the interval.

“After the equaliser, 1-1 and one more on the pitch, you must go in at half time and think about what you can change,” Hasenhüttl added.

“We missed this chance to go in with a good feeling, because we gave it away in a very easy way. We can defend it much better, and that kills you.”

He also admitted that the substitutions changed the game in Spurs’ favor as his the home side managed to resume control in the final 20 minutes.

He added, “In the first 25 minutes of the second half, I think it was ok. We really played flexible and created scenes in the box, but the last 20 minutes after the subs was not what I expected it to be.

“It’s always difficult because you must change a little bit, and we also knew that the opponent was changing its shape, so that’s another reason why we also tried to change the shape.”

Spurs Web Opinion

It’s difficult to overestimate the value of the performance and result against Southampton given the circumstances like Lloris’ error and Aurier’s sending off. Given the team’s failure to hold on to leads in recent games, that result will do the players’ confidence a world of good. With Bayern up next, it was important the team got back to winning ways.

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