Jake Livermore’s last gasp winner for West Brom on Saturday could have serious implications on Tottenham’s hopes of Champions League qualification, with only a two point lead over Chelsea with two games to play and only one win from their last five in all competitions. Mauricio Pochettino didn’t hide his anger post-match.
The manager went as far as to blame one area of the team specifically as he raged following the final whistle.
“I’m disappointed with the result,” Pochettino said, speaking to the official club website.
“We dominated, we had a lot of chances but if you don’t score and you are not clinical in front of goal then a team like West Brom can create some chances from set-pieces and you can concede.
“I think it’s a little cruel but we need to accept it. In the end our performance wasn’t enough, we lost and we cannot change the result now.”
The coach may well be right too. Tottenham had a massive 14 goalscoring chances at The Hawthorns, yet failed to convert a single one, compared to just four chances for the Baggies.
Spurs also had twice as many shots as the hosts and registered an expected goals return of 1.5, superior to the 1.3 of West Brom and at least enough to indicate that they should have got a draw.
Harry Kane in particular continued to struggle in front of goal. With five shots, only one of them hit the target and even that effort was from a mere eight yards and did not challenge Ben Foster in goal.
Kane is clearly out of form having rushed back from injury in his race to win the Golden Boot and his lack of clinical finishing in recent weeks has been criticised by many, but this public humiliation from his own coach may serve as a wake up call.