Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino thinks his side deserved their hard-fought 1-0 victory over Sunderland at the Stadium of Light.
The win over the Black Cats was Spurs’ first victory of the new Premier League season and moved Pochettino’s men up to 12th in the standings.
Spurs failed to create one shot on target in the entire first half, but Pochettino was confident his side were worth the win in the north-east.
“The first half was 50/50 – an open game, but we dominated the second half,” said the Argentinian. “We are very pleased for our first victory. Our tempo was very good, we played a high tempo from the beginning.
“It was a hard game for us, an open game, but I think we dominated it and we deserved to win the match.
“It is another clean sheet, the first victory of the league after five games and now we can move on. This will help us with our confidence for the next games.
“The goal showed how we try to play and what our philosophy is, it was fantastic but unlucky for Mason because he got a big knock on his knee.
“We will assess him on Monday, we hope it is not anything permanent.”
Out-of-form Harry Kane, who was aided by Son Heung-min in attack against Sunderland, failed to find the back of the net once again, but his manager was still full of praise for the striker.
“I am very happy with him, he gave his best for the team, his effort was great and you know he only needs time to score again – I am sure he will arrive at that moment,” he added.
“Yes [he can still have another great season]. Remember he didn’t start to score until maybe two months into last season. Last year he scored an own goal here – so this was better!
“He is very confident and very happy after the game in the changing room. He puts the result and the collective situation first before individual problems or targets and this is why we are very pleased with the player.”