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Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 Newcastle United – Reaction
Brian Jeeves reporting from Wembley Stadium
Turning the clock back to February 2, 2019, and a dramatic late winner for Spurs at Wembley against a dogged Magpies outfit…
MAURICIO POCHETTINO believed his Tottenham Hotspur side fully deserved the three Premier League points after Heung-Min Son’s late goal had seen off Newcastle United at Wembley Stadium.
Son’s 83rd-minute strike horribly deceived Newcastle goalkeeper, Martin Dubravka, as the north Londoners leapfrogged Manchester City into second place and left them just four points below leaders, Liverpool.
“We fully deserved the victory. We dominate the game and had control,” the Spurs boss confirmed.
“We were very patient about the game. Newcastle were very organised, playing so deep and not giving us too much space – but the positional game was good.
“We created some chances in the first half. But at the moment you don’t score and break this type of game – always, it is going to be difficult in the second half because their belief increases.”
The Argentine continued: “In the second half, we conceded a few chances – this always happens on some counters and some action with counter-attacks.
“But the belief was fantastic and we tried to find a different way to play, with Fernando (Llorente), trying to play more direct, and in the end, Sonny scored and the players deserve a lot of praise.
It was a fantastic effort with one day less to recover after Watford. Another massive effort from the squad, the team and I’m more than pleased, more than happy.
“It’s a fantastic result for us to be in a very good position in the table. Only I can feel very happy and proud.”
When quizzed as to whether he would be lending his support to bitter rivals, Arsenal, for their Sunday clash with Tottenham’s title rivals, Manchester City, Pochettino said: “No, why? Never, no.
“I will watch the game and won’t be on one side or another. I am going to watch the game and accept whatever the result is.
“I am only going to watch the game and I’ll be happy with the result that they’re going to have.”
Meanwhile, frustrated Newcastle boss, Rafael Benitez, said: “I think we did well in the first half and we had chances at the beginning of the second half. They were pushing hard, we were defending well and this goal we could’ve avoided.
“We have to give credit to Son because the shot was a good one – and we hit the post in the second half, that was a big chance for us.
“You have to give credit to Tottenham because they have injuries. It was not easy for us.”