Darren Fletcher criticises Mauricio Pochettino

White Hart Lane

The Scot feels that Mauricio Pochettino's side lacking something important.

Quoted by The Belfast Telegraph, West Bromwich Albion midfielder Darren Fletcher appeared to criticise the tactics employed by Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino following Monday's 1-1 draw at White Hart Lane.

Spurs' Premier League title hopes suffered a big dent as Baggies defender Craig Dawson cancelled out his first-half own goal in the final quarter as Albion denied the Lilywhites all three points, leaving them seven points behind Leicester with three games to go.

With only nine points left on offer this season, the Foxes can wrap up their fairytale league title on Sunday by beating Manchester United at Old Trafford to seal perhaps the greatest achievement in sporting history.

It is often said that winning ugly is the hallmark for potential league champions in any division, the capacity to grind out victories, and Fletcher believes that such characteristics were lacking from Tottenham in North London on Monday.

That being said, the North Londoners have been exceptional virtually all season long and the Scot did indeed acknowledge their brilliance, noting that they are a "credit" to England's top flight.

"You've got to rise to the pressure and thrive under it," Fletcher said, via The Belfast Telegraph. "You've got to see it as a challenge and win games ugly. You've got to throw people in the box and see games out when you're winning 1-0.

"Passing the ball out from the back is nice and it's pretty on the eye but when you're winning 1-0 against West Brom, you shut up shop, see the game out and hit on the counter-attack."

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