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 By PA Sport

Tottenham lacked killer touch in West Ham draw - Mauricio Pochettino

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino felt his side should have had another Wembley goal glut after they were held to a 1-1 by West Ham.

Spurs had scored 12 goals in their last three home games, including 5-0 and 5-1 wins over Stoke and Southampton respectively, but they were wasteful against the Hammers.

Pedro Obiang scored a brilliant goal to put David Moyes' side ahead in the 70th minute but despite having 31 shots on goal, Spurs only had Heung-Min Son's equally impressive strike to show for their efforts.

"It was a massive effort, very pleased with the effort, very disappointed with the result because we should have had three points," Pochettino told Sky Sports. "But football is like this. We need to kill the games and score and be effective in front of goal.

"After 48 hours, to play like we did was massive. Congratulations to the players, we are disappointed with the result.

"It was an amazing goal, it was their first shot on target so it was difficult to accept, that is football.

"We created a lot of chances, we weren't clinical in front of goal and we paid in the end.

"We will keep going, there were more positive things than negatives. We have to be ready again to play Sunday. This game should have finished 3-1, 4-1 or 5-1, we have to accept that. Today wasn't for us."

It was a second match in 48 hours for both sides and Spurs boss Pochettino in his news conference could not fault his players' efforts.

"I'm very pleased with all of the players, and only sometimes you need some luck to open the game, like it was against Southampton," he said. "I think it was a similar game to that one. One was 5-2, and another was 1-1."

Obiang stunned Tottenham with West Ham's first shot of the match after 70 minutes. The Spanish midfielder let fly from 30 yards with a rocket which flew past goalkeeper Hugo Lloris and into the top corner.

But Spurs hit back in equally spectacular style with another long-range cracker from Son, who finally got the better of Hammers keeper Adrian with six minutes left.

"In this type of game we did every thing to win," added Pochettino. "We dominated the game. Sometimes it happens in football. This type of game when you push and push and it's impossible to score.

"In fact, we scored with our most difficult situation. But I am happy with the performance after 48 hours. You have to be happy with a point when you concede to their first shot."

Son Heung-Min
A pair of long-range strikes accounted for the scoring at Wembley on Thursday.

Adrian made a string of saves for West Ham, the pick of which was to tip a deflected Christian Eriksen shot over the crossbar.

Hammers boss David Moyes admitted he was as surprised as anyone to see Obiang rifle home only his third goal for the club.

"It was a brilliant strike," he said. "I hadn't seen him do it in training, though. I was hoping for more, but I didn't want to come here and get beaten four or 5-0."

Unsurprisingly, Moyes was happy with a point, just 48 hours after seeing his side beat Newcastle.

He said: "I am thrilled. I have seen them win four and five here, so for our boys to come here and go away with a point was a really good result.

"We had no time to prepare. Our preparation was only really this morning because you have to give them a day to recover and then see who was fit and who wasn't fit.

"I have to say great credit to them because we are having to work really hard with not a massive squad.

"There was surprise and disbelief when we took the lead because Tottenham had so much of the ball and so many shots.

"There is another side to football when you don't have the best players, and we did that well."

West Ham, who were in the relegation zone on Tuesday morning, could have climbed to 11th had they held on.

But Moyes added: "Confidence is growing with our results. We have started to look stronger, but then we have lost a few goals.

"In the main, we have only lost one game in seven. They are disappointed they didn't win it."

Moyes also insisted he knows nothing about a surprise transfer rumour linking striker Andy Carroll with a move to champions Chelsea.


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