What Mauricio Pochettino said after the win at Brighton

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Mauricio Pochettino

Tottenham ended a run of three straight defeats by scoring in each half and hold on for a nervy 2-1 victory at Brighton.

Kane smashed in a first-half penalty after a Glenn Murray bizarrely stuck out an arm to block Kieran Trippier’s free kick when in the wall.

Erik Lamela then scored in the 76th minute to seemingly confirm the three points for Tottenham, but Anthony Knockaert’s stoppage-time strike gave the visitors a few nervy minutes to see out.

Mauricio Pochettino had been feeling the pressure after three straight defeats but the win at a rainy Amex Stadium will do wonders for confidence in his squad.

After the game, the Spurs boss spoke to the press and believed that his side were worthy of the win.

“What’s important for us is the victory,” Pochettino told BBC Sport. “I am happy because the three points was so important for us.

“We deserved to win. Brighton is an aggressive team and they work so hard but I think we worked hard too.

“I am happy with the three points but more with the performance and the reaction.

“For everyone who watched the game, they were wondering what we were doing. The way we conceded was crazy. One minute from the end, we should be more vigilant and focused.

“To allow them in that position, it is painful to concede. We won but need to work and realise we can not concede this type of goal.”

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