Tottenham can learn from 'unfair' loss to Leicester City, says Pochettino
Mauricio Pochettino urged his young team to learn from Wednesday's defeat to Leicester City but believes the result was "unfair" on Tottenham.
Robert Huth's 83rd-minute header sealed a 1-0 victory for the Foxes, who moved seven points clear of fourth-place Spurs and behind Premier League leaders Arsenal on goal difference.
Spurs started the brighter and dominated possession for long periods but fashioned few clear chances, with Harry Kane's effort, pushed onto the bar by the excellent Kasper Schmeichel, the closest they came to a goal.
Pochettino felt his side were deserving of more but told his players and the club's supporters to remain calm.
"We made one mistake after 82 minutes. I think its unfair because we created more, we worked hard, we played very well, we create chances. With all the stats, Tottenham deserved more. In football, sometimes you can deserve more but you need to score," Pochettino told reporters.
"It's a big frustration. We had 24 to 26 of crosses, more than 62 possession of the ball, we created a lot of chances. The most important thing is to be calm and move on. Sometimes it happens, an accident like tonight. It was a very important game for us and for that we feel very disappointed for the players, for our fans.
"In the same way, when we get a positive result, we try to realise we are very young, the youngest squad in the Premier League and tonight is the same. The competition is very tough, we play a lot of games and sometimes it's hard to be clinical in front of goal."
Pochettino admitted on Monday that Kane is Spurs' only "proper striker" and the 22-year-old again cut a frustrated figure up front, often finding himself forced wide by Leicester's disciplined back four.
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Son Heung-min, who has played as an auxiliary forward this season, emerged from the bench on 80 minutes but Spurs' display further highlighted their shortage of alternatives to Kane.
Pochettino, however, insisted the result would not force the club to panic-buy reinforcements this month.
"This result changes nothing. If we can, we will add some players that can help us. We had the same thought before this game," he added
Spurs have little time to dwell on the result, with Sunderland the visitors to White Hart Lane on Saturday.
"We paid a big price tonight. It's very hard to accept. We need to be strong, it's a good lesson for us tonight," Pochettino continued.
"We need to try to win the next game. This is the important thing. We are very disappointed but we need to learn, to improve for the next game.
"We must recover. The competition doesn't wait for anybody. We need to move on, to carry on, to identify our mistakes and do better."