Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino bemoaned his side’s inability to break down a stubborn Newcastle side, after the Magpies claimed a 1-0 win in North London on Sunday.
New summer arrival Joelinton scored his first goal for Steve Bruce’s side, and that proved enough – despite some Spurs penalty calls that were waved away by VAR – to claim a vital first victory.
Speaking to Sky Sports after the game, Pochettino said that his side were inconsistent in their efforts going forward.
“I’m really disappointed with the result and the performance and I cannot justify our performance today,” the Argentine said. “It was a really cheap goal to concede – similar to the one against Aston Villa and that worries me.
“What also worried me is that we showed the consistency and capacity to get forward that you need in these types of games, but we dominated possession and we didn’t create any chances.
“We never found the capacity to break down the defence. [Newcastle] were really organised and they showed the ability to be a really solid team. Then they began to be aggressive.”
Spurs – now without a win in two games – will look to return to winning ways when they face Arsenal at the Emirates in the North London derby next Saturday.