Mauricio Pochettino admitted Tottenham's 2-1 defeat at Watford was a wake-up call and conceded his side must improve if they are to win the Premier League. You need to show more strength, be more aggressive in your defending.
The victor then came from a set piece as well, as Craig Cathcart headed home in the 76th minute as Holebas this time sent in a corner. "If you want to be a contender and to be on top you can not concede from this type of action". This is good to compare, some people talk about perceptions but the reality was on the pitch.
He said: "There are always some key moments in the season and I think this game came at the ideal time". "The reality is if you want to be a contender today we should win and win easy because everything was ready to win the game".
"Maybe you cannot play so well but you need to win this type of game if you want to be a contender at the end".
"When you score, you keep going, play in the same way".
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"We have good players in the squad".
"After the third game, because we beat Manchester United and the circumstances that we beat them in, we need to be more cautious".
"It's a chance for everyone to say "come on we need to compete".
Tottenham Hotspur is the fourth scalp Javi Gracia's side have taken so far, with Brighton & Hove Albion, Burnley, and Crystal Palace preceding, with no team scoring more than one goal past Watford as of yet.
Spurs had soon become second best in a game which they had largely controlled and seven minutes later, the North London outfit were behind as Cathcart got in front of his marker at a corner to power a header just inside of the post from eight yards out.