Pochettino delivers bold verdict on Tottenham mistake v Manchester United
By Russell Edge
Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has said that his side must move on from the mistake which cost them at least a point in their defeat to Manchester United.
Anthony Martial’s second half strike was the difference between the two sides at Old Trafford on Saturday, with the result seeing second placed United move three points clear of Spurs in third.
The Tottenham manager said that he believed it was an evenly fought match, which was simply separated by a mistake made by his players.
Eric Dier was the man held off by Martial, who had only just come off the substitute’s bench, while Gary Neville blamed Jan Vertonghen for his lapse in concentration which put Dier into the position he found himself in.
However Pochettino insists he will be urging his stars to remain calm and move on from the incident, with a Champions League clash against Real Madrid coming up in midweek.
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He told the London Evening Standard: “It was a tough game and I think we deserved more.
“It was an even game. It was a shame to lose. The chances were for one and then the other.
“It was unlucky that in the last 10 minutes we conceded our goal. It was our mistake.
“It is important to be calm and in football these type of mistakes happen. We must fix that and move on.”
Saturday’s result was the second successive defeat for Spurs after seeing a 2-0 lead turned into a 3-2 defeat by West Ham at Wembley in the League Cup.
It also leaves Pochettino and his men eight points adrift of league leaders Manchester City, who extended their advantage with a 3-2 win away at West Brom on Saturday afternoon.
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