Mauricio Pochettino believes his side deserved their win over Palace

Mauricio Pochettino reacts after his Tottenham Hotspur team earned a hard-fought win today.

Mauricio Pochettino believes his side deserved their win over Palace
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Mauricio Pochettino felt his Tottenham Hotspur side fully deserved their 1-0 win over Crystal Palace in the team's first home game of the season.

Wanyama winner on home debut

The £12m summer signing from Southampton, Victor Wanyama was perhaps the surprise match-winner for Spurs as he headed home in the 82nd minute from a corner. Harry Kane, who had the original effort, saw his header barely kept out by Wayne Hennessey in the Palace goal, but Wanyama was on hand to force it over the line.

It looked for a long time like Spurs were going to be frustrated in their home opener, as numerous chances went begging in front of goal. That included a couple for the other major summer signing, Vincent Janssen who earned a start after doing well off the bench at Everton last week.

Wanyama saved everyone's blushes at White Hart Lane and his manager was full of praise, saying: "I am happy for Victor. It's important to score and feel the love of the supporters." Regarding Janssen's display, he added: "He was fantastic and created a lot of chances. The supporters see he is a fighter."

Tottenham celebrate their winning goal. | Image source: Tottenham Hotspur
Tottenham celebrate their winning goal. | Image source: Tottenham Hotspur

Winless run ended 

It's easy to forget that Spurs were on a five-match winless run coming into this game, carrying over from their capitulation at the end of last season.

So there was a fair amount of pressure on them to get the job done today and it would have been easy for them to lose patience after missing a lot of chances, but they kept going and got their just rewards with the late goal. 

Pochettino felt his team were clearly the better side and had this to say about their overall performance: "It's important to win the three points in the first game at home. I think we fully deserved it."

Looking ahead

Although just starting the season, Pochettino was keen to talk about the schedule ahead for Spurs and how he'll need to rotate his squad, as he did today with Dele Alli coming off the bench. Regarding Alli and the upcoming fixtures, Pochettino commented: "Alli had some problems. He was ill for three days and not 100%."

The Argentine coach concluded: "We have a lot of games with the Champions League this season and we have to manage them to be in a better condition for the season."