Mauricio Pochettino dismisses ‘lucky’ claims after Harry Kane earns replay

07:40 11 January 2016

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino on the touchline (Mike Egerton/PA Wire)

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino on the touchline (Mike Egerton/PA Wire)

EMPICS Sport

Mauricio Pochettino insists his Tottenham side were not lucky to remain in the FA Cup as Harry Kane’s controversial late penalty earned a third-round replay against Leicester.

Kane had started the match on the bench at White Hart Lane but was called upon as the Foxes looked to be on course for another famous victory in their impressive season.

Christian Eriksen had fired the hosts ahead on eight minutes before Marcin Wasilewski levelled and substitute Shinji Okazaki struck moments after coming on to turn the game - only for Kane to thrash home an 89th minute penalty, and his 50th Tottenham goal, to secure a 2-2 draw.

Nathan Dyer conceded the untimely spot-kick having been adjudged to have handled the ball as Danny Rose broke into the Leicester penalty area and Kane, who had not had a chance until that point, emphatically finished to set up a replay.

It means Tottenham and Leicester will meet three times inside a fortnight as next week’s replay is preceded by a Barclays Premier League clash between the pair on Wednesday night.

Asked if his side were lucky to get a replay, Pochettino replied: “Lucky? No. You must never give up.

“I didn’t see if it was or not. But sometimes the decisions are for you sometimes they are against you. If I watch it again I can give a better opinion.

“It’s true we are happy and very pleased to get the draw at the end. It’s important for us to stay alive in the competition. But if we analyse, the first half, we deserved more. We dominated the whole game. But I’m happy. The performance was good. We have another chance.”

Both sides made wholesale changes as Tottenham made seven alterations to Leicester’s eight - with Kane only on the Spurs bench and his fellow England forward Jamie Vardy not involved for the Foxes after recent minor groin surgery.

The replay adds to an already congested month of fixtures but Pochettino has backed his squad to prove its strength in depth as they embark on an important January.

“It is tough for us and tough for them (Leicester),” he added.

“We need to be strong in our mind. We have a strong squad. Today showed that those not playing in the first team can fight for a place.

“It’s complicated. It’s tough to play Premier League, Europa League and cups. But it’s for that we have a very strong squad and we made seven changes.

“We need to keep fit all the players, and motivated. It’s a good thing to compete and that the squad believes everyone can compete for a consistent place in the team.”

Related articles

Sign up for our news alerts today!

Our editors' picks for the day's top news delivered to your inbox or phone.

Sign up for email alerts Sign up for mobile alerts
1
2 3 4 5 6
7

Latest Tottenham news

Thursday, June 23, 2016
Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Kane (left) and Swansea City's Gylfi Sigurdsson (centre) battle for the ball

Gylfi Sigurdsson has been impressed if not surprised by former Tottenham team-mate Harry Kane’s rise and is hoping Iceland’s clash with England goes the same way as their duels on the golf course.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016
England internationals Harry Kane (left) and John Stones battle for the ball during Tottenham's trip to Everton's Goodison Park last season

Tottenham will kick off their Premier League campaign on the road for the sixth year in a row after being handed a trip to Everton on the opening weekend of the 2016/17 season.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016
Teddy Sheringham celebrates with teammates after scoring England's second goal in Euro 96

Can you believe it has been 20 years since England hosted the European Championships and football came home? We’ve put together a tough quiz that will test your knowledge of that feast of football.

Friday, June 10, 2016
Tottenham defender Toby Alderweireld

Spurs fans are set to discover who they will face on the opening day of the 2016/17 season.

Competitions

£15k prize bundle

Imagine having the opportunity to win an incredible £15,000 bundle of some of the most amazing prizes available. Well, for one lucky contest entrant that dream could soon become a reality because we at MyOffers are offering an incredible free prize bundle that will make even the most hardened person wild with excitement.

Read more
Win a BMW 1 series

There are fewer cars currently on the market more stylish and exciting than the BMW. Known all over the world as one of the best car manufacturers, the BMW is renowned for sleek designs and fantastic high quality workmanship.

Read more

Quizzes

If you remember this lot you'll love our new West Ham quiz!

One for the West Ham anoraks out there, 18 fiendish questions designed to test your knowledge to the limit.

If this guy rings a bell you'll love our 17 question West Ham quiz (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

We’ve taken a trip down memory lane and dug up some fantastic West Ham squad photoshoots but how many of those in claret and blue can you name?

Latest Tech News

Transport