Credit score To Pochettino, However How Lengthy Can Spurs Maintain This Escape Act Up?
For the third Premier League recreation in a row, Tottenham required a late objective to see off their opponents, as talismanic Heung-Min Son grabbed an 81st-minute winner to assist see off Newcastle United on Saturday.
Buoyed by their gorgeous victory over champions Manchester Metropolis, Newcastle appeared chock filled with confidence as they tried to spring one other upset of their bid to keep away from relegation.
The away aspect got here closest to opening the scoring when striker Salomon Rondon hit the put up early within the second half, nevertheless it was Son who proved to be the distinction as his 81st-minute strike from outdoors the world went beneath Martin Dubravka and into the Newcastle United internet.
That is the second recreation in a row the returning Son has helped rescue Spurs after his late objective gave hope of a victory earlier than Llorente grabbed the winner in opposition to Watford.
The week earlier than it was Harry Winks, whose final gasp header put strugglers Fulham to the sword.
Do you see the sample beginning to emerge?
Poch Proper In Sticking To His Weapons
Sure, Pochettino’s aspect have been knocked out of two cups within the house of every week by Chelsea and Crystal Palace respectively however contemplating they’re lacking two of their most vital gamers, the Argentine should, for probably the most half, be praised for the way he’s coped with the lack of Kane and Alli. (and to a lesser extent Son)
Spurs’ win over Newcastle sees them leapfrog Manchester Metropolis in second, though the champions do have a recreation in hand, and brings them inside 4 factors of leaders Liverpool, the Reds even have a recreation in hand.
Pochettino may have simply caved to the strain of requires him so as to add to his strikeforce within the January switch market. There was discuss of Michy Batshuayi from Chelsea or Marko Arnautovic from West Ham however the Spurs boss caught to his weapons and confirmed religion in a aspect that he has largely constructed from the underside up.
It’s fairly clear that Spurs’ run of fixtures has been very type to them and with a hit or miss Leicester aspect coming to city subsequent you’d count on them to in all probability get three factors nevertheless it may’ve been really easy for Spurs to wilt and fall away from the highest following defeat to Manchester United and an harm disaster afoot.
For this, Pochettino deserves credit score.
More durable Assessments Await
Spurs have impressively navigated the preliminary uneven waters of a sea with out Alli and Kane, however with a tie with German table-toppers Borussia Dortmund on the horizon and a North London derby firstly of March, the true colors of this Tottenham aspect will present quickly.
Will they show that they’re nonetheless contenders within the house of untold adversary? Or by the point Dele Alli and Harry Kane come again to motion will their season be unretrievable?
Time will inform.
For one more win on Saturday, Spurs and Pochettino deserves plaudits actually, however the query stays. How lengthy can Tottenham preserve leaving it late to rescue all three factors?