Pochettino happy with tough win

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Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino said he was satisfied with their last-gasp victory over Anderlecht in the Europa League on Thursday, but admitted it was a struggle.

Harry Kane opened the scoring on the half-hour mark at White Hart Lane, and although Imoh Ezekiel equalised for the the Belgian side in the 72nd minute, Moussa Dembele scored a stunning, 87th-minute winner to take Spurs top of Group J.

"I'm very pleased with the effort," Pochettino said. "The way Anderlecht played put us in a difficult situation but the way we competed and showed character is the way we need to take and follow.

"Football is not easy, sometimes you have to suffer and it's impossible to play well in every game. On Monday we had a tough game against Aston Villa (a 3-1 win) and it's not easy to play every two days."

The Argentine manager reserved praise for Belgium international midfielder Dembele, who came on as a substitute to score his third goal in as many games.

"It was a fantastic goal from Mousa and I'm very pleased for him," Pochettino added. "The impact of Mousa, Sonny (Heung-Min Son) and Josh (Onomah), this is what you expect when the players come from the bench."