Mauricio Pochettino hailed Tottenham Hotspur’s belief after Eric Dier’s injury-time winner sealed a 1-0 opening day success at West Ham United in the Premier League.
The new signing secured the points when he latched onto Harry Kane’s pass and rounded Hammers keeper Adrian to score after both sides had been reduced to ten men – James Collins’ 64th minute dismissal for a second booking coming after Spurs’ Kyle Naughton had been red carded on the half-hour for handball, with Mark Noble missing the subsequent penalty.
“It was a fantastic win and I’m very pleased for the players and for our supporters," the Spurs head coach told the club’s website.
“We played like a team and that is important.
“We started the game with a very good performance, 15 minutes of very good football and after that it’s true, West Ham started to play, started to create some chances but we always believed. I think the sending off was unfair to Kyle, but we never gave up.
“The late goal showed our ambition, our philosophy to always believe, to always try to win.”