Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino admits the 2-2 draw with Arsenal was a ‘missed opportunity’ for his title-chasing side.
The Gunners opened the scoring when Aaron Ramsey’s superb flick flew past Hugo Lloris but the game changed on a red card handed to Francis Coquelin 10 minutes after half-time.
Tottenham capitalised instantly, scoring twice in two minutes through Toby Alderweireld and a wonder-strike from Harry Kane, but then it was the hosts’ turn to falter as Alexis Sanchez grabbed a late equaliser.
Tottenham looked to have the momentum and the game won when Kane completed his side’s turnaround and Pochettino admits his team should have held on.
“It was a missed opportunity,” Pochettino said. “At 11 against 11 I think we deserved more and were unlucky in the way we conceded the goal.
“The way we turned it in two minutes, then you feel a little bit disappointed, frustrated, because at 11 against 10 when you turn the result you need to keep that.
“But we are still improving and we need to move forward.”
Kane arguably deserved to finish on the winning side for his stunning goal alone, which saw the striker collect the ball on the left of the penalty area before whipping it off the far post and it into the net.
It was only Kane’s second goal from open play in nine matches and Pochettino was pleased to see his top scorer returning to form.
“It was a fantastic goal, amazing,” Pochettino added. “I think how he shot and scored was fantastic and I’m very pleased for him to start to score again because always strikers need to feel that.”