Pochettino delivers verdict on Tottenham FA Cup performance v Aston Villa
By Emma Sanders
Mauricio Pochettino claims his side found it “tough” to break down Aston Villa’s defence during their 2-0 victory in the FA Cup third round tie on Sunday evening.
Tottenham fielded a relatively young side as they faced Steve Bruce’s Championship outfit at White Hart Lane but they had to wait until the latter stages of the game to seal victory.
Goals from Ben Davies and Son Heung-Min in the final 20 minutes ensured Pochettino’s side remained in the competition but the manager admitted it was not easy for Spurs.
He also claimed the experience was important for the fringe players as it enabled them to “build their confidence” by securing a victory.
“It’s always difficult in the FA Cup, but we played a team that had very good organisation and it was tough to break them,” said Pochettino on the BBC.
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“I’m pleased for the players that haven’t played too much, it’s important for them to build their confidence.”
Tottenham did not perform well in the first half and they started slowly after the break so Pochettino was forced to introduce Dele Alli after an hour.
Among the youngsters was Cameron Carter-Vickers and Harry Winks, while Georges-Kevin Nkoudou and Josh Onomah came on as substitutes in the second half.
There was also a rare place for Vincent Janssen up front as the striker made just his 10th start of the season since moving to Tottenham in the summer.
He struggled to make an impact though and was substituted for Alli shortly after the half-time break, which will have dented his opportunities at Tottenham even further.
In other Tottenham news, this player has gone to Roma to receive injury treatment.