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Pochettino touches on difference from last season: We played as a team

The Spurs boss was very pleased with what he saw from his players, who played a large portion of the game down to ten men.

Could it be that Spurs are finally putting together a team, rather than just expensive additions to the squad? A team that are capable of grinding out wins when the odds are against them?

Last year Tottenham received numerous red cards during their Premier League games, and in nearly every one the side were unable to come together to make up for the absence with determination, organisation and teamwork, often ending up suffering heavy defeats.

Yesterday's match with West Ham, although it was far from a flawless performance, saw the players scrapping hard and keeping the hosts at bay. Spurs were particularly determined after half time when some much needed tactical work was surely applied. And when West Ham saw James Collins sent off, evening up their previous numerical advantage, Spurs went on to score a last minute goal through Eric Dier to take home all three points.

Instead of emphasising any potential input during the break, the former Southampton boss was quick to praise his players' togetherness in repelling the Hammers, and whether he knew it or not, touched on what was a big problem for Spurs last year.

“It was a fantastic win," said the Argentine after the game. "I’m very pleased for the players and for our supporters too.

“We played like a team, this is important. We need to keep this for the whole season.

"We started the game with a very good performance, we played 15 minutes of unbelievable football. Afterwards West Ham started to play deep balls, and with set piece had some chances.

"I think the sending off Kyle was unfair. We always believed and never gave up."

Fans will be hoping that, if Pochettino can continue his impressive early work at the club, he could end up forging a great team from this group of talented players.

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