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Mauricio Pochettino urges Spurs to ‘move on’ after West Ham defeat

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Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino urged his players to not waste time dwelling on their surprise 1-0 defeat to West Ham.

Spurs’ Premier League top-four hopes suffered a major blow on Saturday afternoon as West Ham handed them their first defeat at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

Pochettino’s side had got off to a strong start, with Son Heung-min and Christian Eriksen forcing West Ham keeper Lukasz Fabianski into some fine saves to keep the scoreline goalless heading into the break.

The Hammers, though, put in a stronger performance in the second half. While Spurs appeared to have run out of gas altogether in comparison.

Michail Antonio then struck in the 67th-minute to give West Ham a slender 1-0 victory and cost Spurs valuable points in their bid to secure a top-four finish.

But Pochettino, who made four changes to his line-up, has urged the squad to move on quickly. As Ajax await them on Tuesday for the first leg of their Champions League semi-final clash.

“I think first half was good for us. Second half they were better. I think they showed more energy than us in the second half,” said Pochettino, according to Football London.

“We conceded a lot of space to run to players like [Marko] Arnautovic and Antonio who can create problems for us when you concede that space, because we didn’t find a way to manage the ball properly and I think we lost a lot of balls, unforced, and we gave them the possibility to make their game.”

He added: “I am disappointed of course because it’s a setback and we wanted to win the three points to be in our position and arrive to the Champions League game in a very good mood and way, but it wasn’t and now we need to move on.

“Now it’s not about wasting time, it’s to recover and try again Tuesday to be ready to play.”

The Argentine coach also confirmed that Jan Vertonghen will be available for the Ajax game on Tuesday at home. Although Harry Winks and Moussa Sissoko are doubts.

LONDON, ENGLAND – APRIL 27: Christian Eriksen of Tottenham Hotspur reacts during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on April 27, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)