Mauricio Pochettino admits Tottenham’s defeat to Newcastle on Sunday is ‘impossible to explain’ after losing in the final minute.
Spurs, previously unbeaten in the Premier League since the opening day, took a 1-0 lead at White Hart Lane through Eric Dier on Sunday, only for Newcastle substitutes Aleksandar Mitrovic and Ayoze Perez to spark a comeback for the visitors, who held out for a 2-1 win.
Pochettino refused to be too downbeat after the match, believing that Spurs “dominated”, but fell foul to numerous individual mistakes.
“I think our first half was fantastic; we dominated the game,” he told BBC Sport. “The second [half] is not easy to explain. We made mistakes and we feel very disappointed now because we did not deserve to lose. But that is football and you need to compete over 95 minutes. Today was difficult.
“The game was under control. We conceded two goals because we made simple mistakes but we need to look forward. In football it is impossible sometimes to explain why.
“After 45 minutes you never expected to lose the game. Thursday [in the Europa League] is not an excuse, there is nothing to say about Thursday. It is not about physical condition. We gave the ball away and needed more control. We conceded two easy goals and that is why we are disappointed.
“This defeat does not change my feeling – I am happy with the squad. You always look at options but I am very happy with the squad I have.
“We are very disappointed in the dressing room. The final result [wasn’t fair], we need to explain the second half because it was very different to the first.
“It’s difficult to explain now. But my feelings are disappointment, because the game is under control. It’s true that the second half we gave them chances.
“This is our 16th league game and our second defeat. It is a bad feeling but we need to work hard and look forward.”
Pochettino added that Spurs “lost concentration”, but that he is not concerned, with Spurs still fifth in the league.
“One nil up always gives the opponents the chance to come back into the game.
“We lost concentration and made easy mistakes, we started to give the opponents the belief they can win the game.
“The chances that we conceded were easy for Newcastle, we need to analyse the game.
“Our first half was fantastic and our second half we need to analyse – I want to see the game again.”
“[Am I] concerned? No. In football you can always improve.
“After the first half we were happy in the stadium but in the second half it was not the same, it was a bad night for us.”