Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino revealed he could not enjoy Kieran Trippier’s brilliant free-kick that led to his side’s 3-1 win over Fulham at the time.
The right-back, playing his first game since the World Cup semi-final, picked up where he left off against Croatia by sending a 30-yard effort into the top corner in the 74th minute.
It was a pivotal moment as it put Spurs back in front after Lucas Moura’s first-half effort had been cancelled out by Aleksandar Mitrovic early in the second half.
Harry Kane’s first August goal in the Premier League then made the points safe.
But Spurs had been struggling until Trippier made the breakthrough, though Pochettino was not able to celebrate the quality of it until later.
“I really didn’t celebrate, not one goal because I think we were focused on trying to find a solution,” Pochettino said.
“In that moment it was 1-1, the game it was a tough game. Now I enjoy it a lot and I will enjoy it again when I watch it again.
“I think I am happy because it was a great goal, but he still needs to improve.”
After a first half of domination was rewarded by Moura’s sweet strike on the stroke of half-time, Spurs were derailed in the second half and were on the back foot until Mousa Dembele’s introduction stemmed the tide.
Pochettino was pleased with the influence of the Belgium midfielder and the fit-again Erik Lamela.
“They were real impact, Mousa and of course Erik, how they helped the team and increased the tempo,” he added.
“How they provided better organisation and that is why I am so happy. That is what we want from the players that are outside, being focused when the manager or team needs them to be available to do.”
Fulham boss Slavisa Jokanovic, who said his squad full of 12 new signings will need time to gel after two defeats, knew that period at the start of the second half was the crucial one.
He said: “We find problems which are normal through the game, Spurs compete well and press us strong and we didn’t find, especially in first 45 minutes, to combat and at the end they score this psychological goal in a complicated moment for us and we start second half well.
“This is probably our best moment in the game, we take over the possession and we start to move the ball and create chances and score the goal.
“We have the opportunity to score the second too, at the end they show the quality and after the free-kick they score one goal and immediately after this score twice.”News Now - Sport News