Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has delivered the surprise verdict that he is happy with the club’s 1-1 home draw against West Ham despite having seen his side dominate for much of the game.
The game was settled by two stunning strikes, Pedro Obiang rocketing home a shot from well outside Tottenham’s box before Heung-min Son rescued a point for the home side with another fierce effort with less than 10 minutes left to play.
However, while the scores were level at full time, the stats sheet showed just how commanding Spurs had been throughout, with 71 per cent of possession and a mighty 31 shots in comparison to the visitors’ eight.
While Pochettino did admit his frustrations at not being able to secure a winner despite being firmly on top, the Argentine manager revealed he was happy with securing just a single point instead of three, insisting that the performance shown was “fantastic” considering it was the club’s second game in less than 48 hours.
He was quoted by football.london as saying: “I’m happy with the performance and the effort after 48 hours to play two games. It was fantastic.
“I am not concerned. I think the most difficult situation we had we scored from. But that is football eh?
“We deserved the three points, but in the end we need to be happy with a point because when you concede a goal with the first shot they had it’s so complicated to recover the game and be calm.”
The result leaves Spurs sitting in fifth, three points behind Liverpool in fourth and two points ahead of fierce north London rivals Arsenal, who are one place below the Lilywhites in sixth.
Their next clash sees them play host to League One side AFC Wimbledon at Wembley for their FA Cup clash, before returning to league action a week later to welcome Everton in their third consecutive home fixture.
In other Tottenham news, the club are already in hot pursuit of the perfect replacement for Toby Alderweireld.