Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Lewis Holtby has praised the fighting spirit showed by his team-mates in a dramatic late winner against West Ham United.
With Kyle Naughton sent off for a 28th minute handball which also gave the hosts a penalty, heads could have quite dropped.
Instead a rejig from manager Mauricio Pochettino and some resolute play meant that the scores remained even, and after James Collins received a second yellow card Tottenham's ten men were better than West Ham's, who struggled to show any fluency in the final third.
Dier's dream debut
Eric Dier's debut goal in the third minute of injury time secured a memorable first victory for new manager Mauricio Pochettino, and Holtby picked the team's ethic as the reason for the victory.
“It was a very emotional game with the way everything started – the red card and the missed penalty,” said the 23-year-old told the club's official site.
Plenty for Spurs to build on
“The way everyone put their bodies on the line for 90 minutes and fought as a team was great and everyone worked brilliantly as a team. That’s the kind of character we need, especially in games like these.
“There is big spirit in the team. When you go out on the pitch you feel that everyone wants to fight for each other – we’ve built this special dressing room atmosphere. If you’ve got that atmosphere like we did today then we can do something special this season.
“Credit to everyone who played and who didn’t play because it’s a team effort.”
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