Published: Tue, September 04, 2018
Sport | By Matt Richards

Pochettino blasts defending as Spurs stung by Hornets

Pochettino blasts defending as Spurs stung by Hornets

The Blues will be hoping to hit the ground running after the global break with fixtures against Cardiff, West Ham and Liverpool on the horizon.

A freakish sequence in the 54th minute led to Tottenham taking the lead, with Abdoulaye Doucoure first heading clear before Lucas Moura turned and fired off of his opponent, who chested it into the net.

"It is so painful to concede two goals like this", Pochettino said.

And speaking after the game, Pochettino said Tottenham would not challenge for the Premier League title this season if they continued to defend in such a way. If you want to be a contender - I am the first person guilty of everything - it is so hard to understand, because I thought we controlled the game in the first 45 minutes.

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The Blues finished fifth last term - 30 points behind champions City - but have made a strong start to the current campaign, winning four straight games.

The win sends Seattle even further up the table, into fifth place in the Western Conference, after their torrid start to the season which saw the two-time defending West champions take just 12 points from their first 15 games.

"From two set-pieces we conceded two goals", he told Sky Sports.

Yet with Dembele's exit seemingly on the cards, Wanywama has around four months to prove to Pochettino that he can still be a star in the Tottenham midfield, and show that Spurs wouldn't need to splash out to replace the Belgian when the January transfer window opens.

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"Sometimes people talk about the perception but the reality was on the pitch and the reality is if you want to be a contender, today you need to win".

With Son Heung-min returning from representing South Korea at the Asian Games and Erik Lamela missing with a hamstring injury, Pochettino only had one attacking player on his bench in Fernando Llorente. "For us we are a little bit in the shadow".

United's French worldwide Paul Pogba had a 69th-minute penalty saved by Burnley's former Manchester City keeper Joe Hart but despite the red card Mourinho's side hung on comfortably for their second win of the season.

"I think we have played better in other games but against Tottenham you have do things differently", Watford manager Javi Gracia said. "Of course, myself first, I am responsible - the guilty one when the team loses".

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