Pochettino bemused by referee Dean after frustrating draw

Pochettino bemused by referee Dean after frustrating draw

"It's true, the team were 14th or 13th [they were 11th] and we were a little bit under pressure because the team were playing well, but not winning games and we were a bit under pressure".

Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino said they were "unlucky" not to beat Swansea on Saturday after the Welsh side held them to a goalless draw.

A dogged Swansea were worthy of their point despite failing, for the third time this season, to have a shot on target.

"After seeing the Swans beat Crystal Palace, I was not too anxious about Paul Clement's side getting dragged into the relegation battle this season - but any more complete non-performances like that would be a real cause for concern".

"Yes, he is struggling", Pochettino said of the midfielder at a press conference ahead of the visit of Swansea City on Saturday, football.london report.

Renato Sanches had made a sluggish start but his quick feet saw Tammy Abraham shake-off the advances of Davidson Sanchez where Moussa Sissoko blocked Tom Carroll's route to goal.

Frank de Boer was this week fired by Crystal Palace after four games in charge, and recalling just the 10th league game of Pochettino's Spurs reign prompted the revelation.

Federico Fernandez, the Swansea captain, did well to turn Son's cross over his crossbar.

Dele Alli will be a vital player for Spurs this season despite him having to serve a three game ban in the Champions League and the possibility of an worldwide ban for England looming over the 21-year-old.

But Pochettino has urged everyone to now move on.

Harry Kane, full of confidence after his double in Europe, had a free-kick well saved by Lukasz Fabianski in a drab first-half. He is so happy not only in the Premier League, he's more than happy to stay at Tottenham.

The introduction of Fernando Llorente, a significant aerial threat, in the 74th minute made sense as the visitors sank even deeper, but it ultimately was not to be for Tottenham.

Alli, in particular, found it hard to find space between Swansea's two compact banks of three and struggled to move the ball quickly enough when gaps did appear; Son and Kane drew smart saves from Fabianski but Spurs' approach play was ponderous and telegraphed.