Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino was somewhat unhappy with how his team played in their 2-2 comeback draw with West Ham, but said that personality and toughness helped on a day which could have provided a better performance.
“I think that we showed character, this is the most important thing,” said the Argentinian. “Because on a no good day, in the last 10 minutes and 2-0 down, after we finished the game 2-2 I think we should be proud.”
Pochettino said they knew West Ham would play on the counter-attack because Enner Valencia and Diafra Sakho are both fast players. He also somewhat hilariously noted under his breath that he believes West Ham’s second goal shouldn’t have counted because Valencia was offsides, but followed that up by noting the referees were not to blame for today, in addition to the Mark Noble incident later when he likely should have been sent off for a second yellow card.
Spurs had chances in the first half, but failed to take them, and West Ham punched back against the run of play. In the second half though, they pushed hard enough to get back into things. “I think we need to look forward,” Pochettino said. “That’s always difficult after Thursday when you play in the Europa League and you spend a lot of energy, but it’s important because in the finish of the game we showed character and we pushed for a score.”