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Poch full of praise for Spurs after derby draw

2nd March 2019, 16:46 by Tom McGarry

Mauricio Pochettino felt Tottenham showed "great character" as they came from behind to draw 1-1 with rivals Arsenal.

Spurs went into Saturday's north London derby at Wembley having lost back-to-back Premier League games against Burnley and Chelsea and knew another defeat would see Arsenal move to within a point of them in the standings.

That scenario looked likely to play out when the Gunners took the lead midway through the first half thanks to Aaron Ramsey's strike and it wasn't until the 74th minute that Spurs drew level via a controversial penalty from Harry Kane.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang then missed a penalty in stoppage time for Arsenal, who also had Lucas Torreira sent off, as the two teams ultimately had to settle for a point apiece.

After the game, Pochettino was quick to praise his side's battling spirit and he insists they can take great confidence from the result into the second leg of their Champions League last-16 tie with Borussia Dortmund.

"We showed great character," Pochettino told the Spurs website. "We deserved the victory but the circumstances at the end make this point even more important to build our confidence and to be sure to arrive in a good condition against Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday.

"At the end you have to look at all of the circumstances, the circumstances were difficult and a massive save from Hugo helped us get a point to build a positive run again."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Tom McGarry completed his sports journalist degree in 2011,and has since has become an integral part of the editorial and audio team. He is passionate about all things sport, particularly football, and is a lifelong supporter of his hometown club Carlisle United.

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