Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino says his side deserved to win against Watford, while also praising his players for adapting to a new system at Vicarage Road.
A late Son Heung-min goal gave the North Londoners all three points against the Hornets, securing a last-gasp 2-1 victory when a draw looked like the fairest result.
Watford had come from a goal down to equalise, but saw Nathan Ake given a straight red card with 20 minutes remaining.
Despite Tottenham being far from their best, Pochettino has stated that his men deserved to win the clash.
“It’s always emotional when you get a winner in the last minute,” he told the club’s official website.
“I thought it was fantastic how we managed the game and how we conceded the goal was a little unlucky but at the end, we fully deserved the victory.
“We played against a tough, tough side like Watford and two weeks ago, Liverpool had big, big problems here. We managed the first half and we were unlucky in how we conceded the goal. Okay, maybe in the end it was a late victory but we fully deserved to win.”
The Argentine trainer opted to play Eric Dier in a deeper role at Vicarage Road, changing to three at the back in an effort to blunt the impact of Odion Ighalo and Troy Deeney.
Pochettino stated that the system worked well and the players took to it as he hoped.
“Sometimes you analyse an opponent and how they create problems to other teams,” he continued.
“Liverpool play possession of the ball but the way Watford play is to always find a striker and create problems from there. They don’t elaborate too much or play from the back, they play forward and they are very strong. We worked on how to stop that.”
Tottenham’s top-four hopes have been boosted by the victory, with the White Hart Lane side moving into third after the result.