SKIPPER Hugo Lloris was a happy man after Tottenham Hotspur secured a 3-2 victory at home to Everton on his 200th appearance for the club on Sunday.
In-form Harry Kane was again the architect of Spurs’ win – a club record ninth successive home triumph in the Premier League – by scoring the first two goals as the side overcame a late fightback from the visitors to seal maximum points and stay second in the table, although Manchester City have the opportunity to go above them when they play their game in hand against Stoke City tonight.
And goalkeeper Lloris was delighted that they managed to overcome their late wobble to claim the victory.
“At the end it’s a great feeling to get the three points,” he said. “We didn’t miss the opportunity after Arsenal and Manchester United dropped points and it was important to make the difference and that’s a good performance.
“Until their first goal we put together a great performance, but then at 2-1 it was a typical Premier League game and anything could have happened.
“At 3-1 we should not have switched off like we did for their free-kick when they made it 3-2, but finally it was three points and that was our target. Now we can rest with a good feeling.
“I said before the game that the result was more important than my 200th appearance, but maybe now I can open a bottle of champagne and share it with my family.”
And manager Mauricio Pochettino was quick to pay tribute to Lloris after the French international reached his big milestone.
“It’s amazing for him to reach 200 appearances and I congratulate him,” he said. “Hugo is a great professional, a great goalkeeper and it’s fantastic for him.
“Overall it was a very good win and a fantastic performance. We played a fantastic first half and the second half we dominated and played with good quality and a high tempo. I’m very pleased for everyone.
“Everton were a very difficult opponent and we knew that. We played much better and if you see the score, maybe that’s not a fair reflection because that makes it look like a very competitive game.”
Pochettino revealed that he has also not given up hope of catching runaway leaders Chelsea as they continue to chase honours on two fronts, with an FA Cup quarter-final at home to Millwall to look forward to this weekend.
He added: “The most important things for us was to get the three points to keep our position in the table, fighting for the highest position and to be there if Chelsea fail.
“The most important thing is to show the belief on the pitch and I think we showed that. We need to be there, it’s not up to us of course, but it’s up to us to be ready if Chelsea do slip up.
“The team showed big confidence and that’s important for us because now we are at the most important period with the Premier League and FA Cup and we have that consistency and that belief.”