Pochettino praises Spurs' display

By: Dean Carr

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Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino said his side deserve praise after their 2-1 victory over Southampton on Sunday afternoon.

Christian Eriksen gave Spurs the lead with an accurate left-footed strike from the edge of the box before Dele Alli converted from the penalty spot after being fouled by Saints’ skipper Steven Davis.

James Ward-Prowse celebrated his England call-up midweek by replying with a composed finish inside the area, but it couldn’t spark a tangible revival against former Saints manager Pochettino.

Southampton ensured the hosts had a tough time in the second period, from which Pochettino believes his side should take full credit for.

"The team fully deserves the praise - today was a tough game," said the 45-year-old.

"In the second half maybe we suffered a little bit. But the performance was good and we need to be pleased we kept our position.

"In the first half it was under control. We made a mistake for the goal but that can always happen in football. The victory keeps us in a very good position."

The victory consolidated Spurs’ position in 2nd place, although they still trail leaders Chelsea by ten points with ten games to go and face Antonio Conte’s side in the semi-finals of the FA Cup.

Perhaps more significantly for Spurs fans, the three points took them nine points clear of Arsenal following the Gunners’ 3-1 defeat at the hands of West Brom the day prior as they look to finish above their north London rivals for the first time in the Premier League era.

Pochettino went on to praise the performance of Heung-Min Son, who deputised up front in place of the injured Harry Kane.

"Always you will miss your main striker but what can we do if he is injured? It was important to keep our position in the table," Pochettino insisted.

"It was good," Pochettino said of Son's display. "He had some chances, great movement in behind and connected with Dele [Alli] and [Christian] Eriksen. I was very, very pleased."

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