Mauricio Pochettino was “proud” of Tottenham’s 2-1 victory over Newcastle United in the Premier League on Saturday despite admitting his side “can do better”.
Jan Vertonghen’s opener was cancelled out by Joselu before Dele Alli quickly nudged Spurs back in front on 18 minutes and that’s the way it remained until full-time.
“I am so proud of the performance in the circumstances,” Pochettino told Sky Sports.
“Newcastle are a very good team and they had some chances to score more than one, but sometimes in football you need some luck as well as effort. With all of the circumstances, we prepared for the game with a lot of players that only started training on Monday.
“We can do better, of course, and be more consistent but it was a massive challenge to connect everything and prepare in the few days we had. I am not going to complain and we have to learn to be clever. It is a massive challenge to work together again.”
On Alli’s performance, he added: “I am happy in the way the players arrived after the holidays, and Dele was one of them. He has been strong and focused and he has shown good quality today.
“It is important to be strong from the beginning and have belief and convey a positive message. The staff and the players need to stay together and the most important thing is the fans in a difficult time because we are going to move to a new stadium.
“In our last season at White Hart Lane we played without a corner and then we moved to Wembley and it is important the fans know the players need their help.”