Mauricio Pochettino: Spurs deserved the win over Sunderland

Sunderland's Billy Jones jumps with Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Kane
Sunderland's Billy Jones jumps with Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Kane
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Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino believes his side fully deserved the 1-0 win over Sunderland.

Ryan Mason’s late clipped effort over Costel Pantillimon sealed the three points for the Londoners at the Stadium of Light.

And the Tottenham Hotspur boss said his side deserved the three points - despite Sunderland dominating the opening 45 minutes and hitting the woodwork twice, through Jermain Defoe and second-half sub Jack Rodwell.

Reflecting on the win, Pochettino said: “I’m pleased with the players and it was important for them to be confident.

“It was an open game and I think the result was fair.

“It was a great goal and showed how we want to play.

“It’s fantastic when you score a winner like that.”

The Spurs boss also defended his misfiring striker, Harry Kane, in the aftermath of the win, which left the Black Cats bottom of the Premier League.

Kane - yet to score in the Premier League this season - was kept quiet by Younes Kaboul, with the England striker slicing his best opening wide of the post after the break.

Pochettino added: “I expect him to have another season like the last one - you must remember he didn’t score for the first two months last year.

“I’m very happy with him.

“Harry gives his best for the team and only needs time to score again.

“I’m sure the goals will arrive.

“He’s still very confident and was very happy in the changing room because we have a collective mentality.”