SPURS manager Mauricio Pochettino was well satisfied by his side’s solid performance in grinding out a important 2-1 victory over visitors Southampton yesterday.
With Harry Kane sidelined by injury, Christian Eriksen and Dele Alli, from the penalty spot, provided the goals for the Lilywhites, with James Ward-Prowse responding for the Saints after the break.
The win keeps Spurs in second place in the Premier League, 10 points behind leaders Chelsea.
Pochettino, who left his job as Southampton manager to come to Tottenham in 2014, told the club’s website afterwards: "At 2-0, we conceded a goal and allowed them to believe they could get a result, we didn’t kill the game off so it was always open.
"I’m pleased with the performance. I thought we played well and deserved to win. It’s true it wasn’t a brilliant performance but it was very solid and when you don’t play at the level you normally play it’s important to be solid and win games."
As for the loss of his leading goalscorer, he said: "You will always miss your main striker and someone like Harry Kane, he’s one of the best strikers in the world but all we can do now is be motivated and try to take the games in the same direction and the same way we took before and try to win.
"I have full confidence in the squad and football is always about the whole team."
With an international break coming up, Spurs are not in action again until April 1, when they visit Burnley. Pochettino will hope the joke’s not on him.