Search

Tottenham Hotspur must be more clinical at Wembley, admits Mauricio Pochettino

PUBLISHED: 08:30 27 November 2017

Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Kane reacts to a missed chance during the Premier League match at Wembley Stadium against West Bromwich Albion (pic: Yui Mok/PA Images).

Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Kane reacts to a missed chance during the Premier League match at Wembley Stadium against West Bromwich Albion (pic: Yui Mok/PA Images).

PA Wire/PA Images

Spurs won’t play at the national stadium again until December 6 when they host APOEL, but the dead-rubber may actually be a good exercise now

Spurs must be more clinical at Wembley if they are to ensure their temporary home is a fortress for the rest of the 2017/18 campaign according to their manager.

Mauricio Pochettino saw his team drop two points in the Premier League under the arch following a 1-1 draw with West Bromwich Albion.

Salomon Rondon opened the scoring for the Baggies with just four minutes gone and although Harry Kane eventually produced an equaliser for Tottenham Hotspur, it was another poor result at Wembley against a so-called weaker side.

While Spurs have defeated the likes of Real Madrid and Liverpool in Brent during recent months, they’ve not had much success up against sides looking to sit back.

Burnley and Swansea City have earned points at the national stadium while Barnsley, AFC Bournemouth and Crystal Palace frustrated Tottenham for long periods before eventually losing 1-0 to the north Londoners.

“We need to only speak and talk about West Bromwich because against Swansea we played much better than against Crystal Palace,” said Pochettino, after the 1-1 draw.

“In the end we won three points against Crystal Palace and we failed to win the three points against Swansea or against Burnley.

“We don’t need to look at how we lost the game against Chelsea at home, but I am pleased because the team had to make a massive effort after Borussia Dortmund and it was very competitive and we tried to win and score at the end, but in the last third we need to do more and be more clinical in front of goal.

“Often the team creates great chances and we have the ball arriving in great positions, but in the end it is important to be clinical in the last third.”

Spurs are not at Wembley until next Wednesday (December 6) now when APOEL visit in the final Group H match in the Champions League, but it will be a useful exercise.

Tottenham may have already secured top spot, but the dead-rubber game will provide the north Londoners with a good chance to try and break down a team which will look to defend deep at the national stadium.

Related articles

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Hampstead Highgate Express visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Hampstead Highgate Express staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Hampstead Highgate Express account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest Hampstead & Highgate Sports News

Yesterday, 16:00

Hendon will be looking to get back to winning ways in the Bostik Premier Division as they make the trip to strugglers Needham Market this weekend.

England international only needs two more goals to reach a hundred in the league and netted a hat-trick against Southampton on Boxing Day

Yesterday, 09:18

Sarries stars Owen Farrell, Alex Lozowski, Maro Itoje, Nick Isiekwe, George Kruis, Jamie George and Mako Vunipola also named

Yesterday, 08:00

In an article from our ‘Year in Sport’ pullout, the other teams in the Six Nations have their chances previewed

Wed, 18:30

Everton have completed the signing of Theo Walcott from Arsenal in a deal worth £20 million on a three-and-a-half year contract.

Wed, 17:00

Dagenham & Redbridge forward Joe White is delighted to be given the chance to get some match fitness with his loan spell to Hendon.

Wed, 15:00

Spurs have won eight of their last 10 games in all competitions and suffered just one defeat during that period - at the Etihad last month

Wed, 14:00

UCS youngsters won a thrilling final in east London

PROMOTED CONTENT

Toni Krok, who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2007, has set up a charity to help people living with the condition and their families adjust to the challenges it brings.

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read Hampstead & Highgate sport

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Hampstead & Highgate Express
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now