Mauricio Pochettino reacts to Tottenham's disappointing second-half display; bemoans defensive frailties

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Mauricio Pochettino criticised Tottenham's defending after his side's weekend draw with Stoke.

Mauricio Pochettino bemoaned Tottenham's defensive work as he criticised his side for letting a 2-0 lead slip against Stoke at White Hart Lane on Saturday. 

The hosts led 2-0 entering the final 15 minutes courtesy of goals from Eric Dier and Nacer Chadli. However, a Marko Arnautovic penalty and a Mame Biram Diouf header secured a share of the spoils for the visitors.

After the full-time whistle, Pochettino was quick to emphasise the improvements required ahead of the club's next league fixture away at Leicester, while stressing the need to manage each game with more efficiency. 

"It feels like a defeat," the Argentine told the club's official website. "I'm very disappointed. We need to improve our game. After the penalty we were a bit soft and it's this we need to improve.

"Until the penalty it was clear we dominated the game and had the better chances. After the goal [Arnautovic's penalty] we gave them more opportunities to score and then it's 2-2. It's a bad feeling, but this is football."

"This is the beginning of the season, we have taken only one point from two games but I think the performance against Manchester United and today for the first 70 minutes was good, but we need to be more consistent during 90 minutes."

The Argentine referred to Jack Butland's second-half save - to deny Harry Kane from close-range -  as one of the game's defining moments.

With Stoke three-nil down, the game would have been done and dusted. However, the English 'keeper's heroics proved a lifeline for Mark Hughes' Potters - and one they duly took. 

"I think maybe that was the key," said the former Southampton boss. "But we need to be more consistent in our performances and with our defensive work. I think at 2-0 at home, we need to manage the game better."

The club will now look to next weekend then the face an in-form Leicester City, who sit atop the Premier League table after successfully maintaining their 100 per cent win record against West Ham on Saturday. 

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