Pochettino: We showed great character and personality after a very disappointing weekend – I am very pleased

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Crystal Palace 0-1 Tottenham Hotspur – Reaction

Brian Jeeves reporting from Selhurst Park

Turning the clock back to April 26, 2017, and a late winner for the Lilywhites at Selhurst Park…

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR manager, Mauricio Pochettino, was delighted with his side after they kept the pressure on Premier League leaders, Chelsea, with a 1-0 victory over Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.

Christian Eriksen’s late goal was enough to close the gap at the top to four points. Speaking after the game, Pochettino said: “I think it was important for us. A victory in a very tough game against a team that was in very good form.

“We showed great character, personality after a very disappointing weekend. I am very pleased.

The Argentine continued: “I think in the second half we played much better.

“We changed our team at half-time. The first half was difficult to find a way to move the ball quickly and find the space to move forward and create chances. But after ninety-five minutes I think we fully deserved the victory.”

“It was a great opportunity to show that we are focusing on us. Spending energy on trying to improve our game. I think we are showing that we have learned a lot from last season.”

Palace went into the match off the back of a superb 2-1 win over Liverpool at Anfield. However, boss Sam Allardyce thought his team performed to a higher standard during the opening period against Pochettino’s men: “I thought the performance in the first half was much better than Sunday, he said. “I thought we took the game to Tottenham whenever we possibly could, which is not an easy task with the quality they’ve got, but we did that.

“The lack of recovery time for us from Sunday till tonight told in the end. That made us not able to challenge Tottenham as much as we did in the first half.

“They were getting in the game a little bit more, which they did. Then it was about whether we could be as resilient defensively as we have been. Unfortunately, with Christian Eriksen’s goal we couldn’t.”

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Brian Jeeves

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