Tottenham need consistency to mount Premier League challenge - Pochettino

Arnold Nichols
December 30, 2018

The 3-1 defeat by Wolves was Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino's first ever Premier League loss against a newly promoted side while in charge of Spurs - the Argentine was unbeaten in 27 such previous meetings (W25 D2).

Tottenham Hotspur picked up where they left off at Everton by hitting five without reply past AFC Bournemouth at Wembley Stadium.

Things didn't look quite so rosy for Wolves when Harry Kane fired home a thunderbolt in the first half to give Spurs a deserved lead, but they were unable to build on that advantage and ultimately paid the price.

"I think the game was under control in the first half, I think maybe it was easier than we expected to dominate the game".

Traore was substituted with just over half an hour to go but the visitors were seeing more of the ball and the Spurs fans became increasingly edgy as the second half progressed. We started to play too many long balls and then it was hard to recover the ball and to play more with your heart than your head and we started to expend a lot of energy. They played so deep, chasing us. "You need to play your best for 95 minutes".

But Boly headed home a corner to equalize in the 72nd minute and Jimenez beat Hugo Lloris from the edge of the area to put the visitors on top. We didn't concede one chance. "Like today we dropped energy and focus and in the last 20 minutes we conceded three goals".

"Today at 1-0, the moment we conceded the first goal the team was down, they started to feel the time, the fixture, everything, and it was hard to find the energy to win the game". Some games can happen, this type of result, and now we need to move on and be sure we are ready for the next game.

Cardiff managed a third away Premier League clean sheet of the season with their 1-0 win at Leicester - as many as they managed during the entirety of their last top-flight campaign in 2013-14.

He was quoted as saying by the BBC: "The second half was really good".

"With not only good quality during the game, and the right energy, it's hard to compete for big things".

"We have achieved something very special in getting to the Premier League and it has been a very special year".

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