Mauricio Pochettino Praises His Spurs Players After 2-2 Draw With West Ham


Mauricio Pochettino praised the fighting spirit of his Tottenham players after Harry Kane rescued a dramatic 2-2 draw against West Ham in the Premier League on Sunday.

Spurs were 2-0 behind at White Hart Lane after the Hammers scored through through Cheikhou Kouyate and Diafra Sakho, but an error by goalkeeper Adrian allowed Danny Rose to get one back with nine minutes left.

And when in-form striker Kane was fouled in the area by Alex Song deep into second half stoppage-time, he kept his composure to smash in the rebound after his spot-kick was saved – his 24th goal of the season.

Pochettino may see it as a missed opportunity for Tottenham – in sixth – to put pressure on the top four and the Champions League, and the result continued the north London side's poor record after midweek Europa League ties this term.

But the manager was delighted with the way his team snatched a point from the jaws of defeat.

He said: “When you analyse the full 90 minutes I think we deserved one point. When they scored it was difficult for us to play, because they play very deep and their counter attack is very good with Diafro Sakho and Enner Valencia who are very fast.

“In the second half I thought some decisions were against us, the second goal was offside. But we showed character, that's the most important thing.

“Going into the last 10 minutes at 2-0 down, to finish the game 2-2 is something to be proud of.”