Pochettino left feeling hard done to

Tottenham Hotspur Mauricio Pochettino (left) and Sunderland manager Gustavo Poyet.
Tottenham Hotspur Mauricio Pochettino (left) and Sunderland manager Gustavo Poyet.
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MAURICIO Pochettino said he found it “difficult to accept” Tottenham’s draw with Sunderland on Saturday.

Harry Kane’s 82nd-minute own goal earned Sunderland a 2-2 draw at the Stadium of Light after Spurs had twice taken the lead.

Tottenham enjoyed much the better of possession and created more chances than the Black Cats, who Pochettino felt relied on luck to get their point.

The Spurs manager said: “I’m very disappointed with the result, because we gave a very good performance, created a lot of chances and managed the game.

“When you create a lot of chances like we did, it’s difficult to accept the draw. You need to have luck in different moments, and it’s true that Sunderland had luck.

“I think the difference in the stats is really (big), but you need to kill the game, and we didn’t.

“This happens in football.

“We need to show, in our collective performance, more calmness and security. We can improve, though we had a good performance, but we need to win games like this.”

Pochettino was particularly disappointed with the defending for Sunderland’s first goal, as Adam Johnson cancelled out Nacer Chadli’s opener after just four minutes.

The Argentinian was left to rue his side’s lack of ruthlessness, with Pochettino adamant it was two points dropped for the Londoners.

He added: “After we scored the first goal, we needed to be more aggressive and more focused. In the next action, we conceded. When you concede the first goal like we did after you have scored early, you need to be more smart.

“It was easy for Sunderland to score.

“I think, after that, we had a very good performance and were unlucky because our performance was good.

“We created chances, but didn’t kill the game and gave the opportunity to Sunderland to score late in the match.

“You hope to win and get the three points, but we have a long season ahead and this is only the fourth league game.

“We are disappointed, though, because we left two points here.”

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