Pochettino: Still alive, but a little disappointed

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Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino felt his side did enough to claim victory in their 2-2 home draw with Leicester City in the FA Cup third round on Sunday.

Spurs went ahead through Christian Eriksen, but Marcin Wasilewski and Shinji Okazaki struck for the Foxes, meaning that Harry Kane’s 89th-minute penalty was needed to salvage a replay.

“I think we feel a little disappointed because, again, we deserved more in the end but we need to be happy that we equalised late in the game,” said the Argentine boss.

“You know a team like Leicester will stay deep and counter-attack and they only had one opportunity in the first half and we conceded a goal. That was unbelievable. It was a bit like Everton last weekend when we deserved more in the first half and it was 1-1.

“In the second half we conceded an early goal and it was difficult because Leicester then believed they could win the game. It’s important to recognise that this team never gives up, we always fight and try to go forward believing we can score.

“I’m happy we did that. There were a lot of players who haven’t played consistently in the Premier League and it was an important chance for them to show they can fight for a start in the team.

“We need to fix some things because we made a mistake and conceded a goal – we’re in a period where every mistake [we make] is conceding a goal. The only way to sort that out is to work hard, keep going and be ready for the next games.”

Spurs are set to face the Foxes two more times in the next couple of weeks, with a Premier League clash at White Hart Lane on Wednesday before the cup replay at King Power Stadium next week Tuesday.”

“Now we have another opportunity,” Pochettino added. “We’re alive. We have a lot of games ahead but I think we’re in a good position to attack all the competitions, we have a strong squad and we have to believe and keep working hard.”