Tottenham Hotspur are now scoring late goals at a surprising rate, just as Manchester United once did under their former manager.
Under Sir Alex Ferguson, Manchester United had a habit of snatching late goals, turning defeats into draws and stalemates into victories, to such an extent that a new phrase was born – ‘Fergie Time’.
Ferguson has long since left Old Trafford, seemingly taking some of United’s danger in the final moments with him. But now another club has become the master of dramatic turnarounds, in the form of Tottenham Hotspur.
It may be too early to rebrand the habit as ‘Pochettino Time’ but there is no doubt the Spurs manager has got his side playing in such a way that they simply refuse to be beaten.
Time and again this season Tottenham have scored in the final moments, turning one point into three or, as was the case on Sunday against West Ham United, snatching a draw when all seemed lost.
Christian Eriksen and Harry Kane are the players who most regularly net in the final throes, the latter scoring with the last kick of the game at the weekend.
It is a habit Tottenham will not want to lose, because the more often they celebrate last-gasp goals the more their opponents will believe it will happen again.
Such was the way with United. Of course they did not always score late on, but a myth was born – that the moment Ferguson started tapping that watch of his, the opponents grew uneasy, knowing what was coming
Tottenham have impressed in so many ways this season, and as they look to end the campaign with at least one piece of silverware, another late goal or two may be required in the weeks ahead.
It is a wonderful habit to have, and it shows the belief Pochettino has instilled in his Tottenham players: You are good enough; you can win any game; now go and do it.