A lot of the performance tonight was right
Jose Mourinho kept up his unbeaten Turf Moor record when Son Heung-min scored the only goal of the game to give his Spurs side a 1-0 win.
Having seen his side bag eleven goals in their two previous away games this season this proved to be a much tighter affair in a more difficult game for them and he said after the game: “It’s the same points as 6-1 at Old Trafford. I told Sky before the game I knew that it was not the game to score three, four or five goals, I knew.
“They press very well, they defend very well, their two strikers are very aggressive and it’s the kind of opponent that in any moment, a long ball in the box or a set-piece and they can score, so it was about being solid and we were that, and it was about getting one of the chances we had. We didn’t have many, we scored one and we have three points, very important points.”
For the second successive game Sean Dyche was left with some disappointment over the result but not so much the performance. He said: “I thought we gave a thorough performance at West Brom and probably deserved all three, and tonight we have fallen foul to a soft set-piece by our standards, but I am not going to over-egg that when we have played so well.
“A lot of the performance tonight was right about what we try and do, especially against this quality of side. The shape was good, as was the belief in that shape and how we worked from that, in order to stop their tempo and keep their key players quiet. But I thought we mixed the game up well in attack too and asked questions. We created some good chances, had one cleared off the line and it’s still those big moments that we can tidy up on.
“A lot of the things we are good at were on show. Ultimately, we’ve got nothing for it, but the performances over a season will bring their rewards”
He continued: “We are now getting players back truly match fit and sharper and I think the players know, in the past couple of weeks, that we look fit and strong. That’s a shift and we still have important players coming back, including Ben Mee, who will get some time in a bounce game on Tuesday.
“The signs are good, but there’s no naivety to it; I’ve been in this game a long time and you have to put the ball in a net at one end and keep it out at the other end, so we have to tidy that up. But equally, there has to be a performance level that can win you games and we know that when we play like that, over a season, we win games and get points on the board.”Share this page :