Mauricio Pochettino hails Harry's Emirates FA Cup equaliser

Monday 11 Jan 2016
Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino and Claudio Ranieri watch on at White Hart Lane

Mauricio Pochettino hailed Harry Kane's 50th goal for Spurs for "keeping us alive" in The Emirates FA Cup.

Super sub Kane fired home the controversial 89th minute penalty awarded for handball against Leicester's Nathan Dyer by ref Robert Madley to take this season's tally to 14.

Tottenham Hotspur 2-2 Leicester City

The Emirates FA Cup
Third Round Proper
Sunday 10 January 2016
White Hart Lane, Tottenham Hotspur
Live on BBC 1

And it meant almost the whole of White Hart Lane breathed a sigh of relief - especially boss Pochettino - at their 2-2 draw.

"Harry has kept us alive in The FA Cup," said Pochettino, who will take his side to the King Power Stadium for the replay a week on Tuesday - just six days later than their Premier League clash with the Foxes. 

"We wanted to stay alive in the competition and never gave up in the second half, even though Leicester defended deep and counter-attacked well.

"Was it handball? I couldn't see from my position but in football sometimes these things go for you, sometimes they go against you.

"In the end, we were very pleased. A replay is tough for us, tough for them. But we are in the Premier League, The FA Cup, the Europa League - we need to keep the players motivated and fighting for their places."

Meanwhile, Leicester manager Claudio Rainieri had no complaints about the 'ball to hand' decision which went against his side.


Kane kept his cool to fire home from the penalty spot to secure a 2-2 draw

Leicester keeper Kasper Schmeichel was booked in the aftermath of the spot-kick award after the ball had struck Dyer's hand as he turned to attempt a tackle on Rose.

He admitted: "What my players say is not important - the ref gave a penalty so it was.

"He is the boss. It's okay with me.

"We're disappointed not to have won because in the second half we were very calm and defended well. 

"But now eight players have another chance to play again. We had eight new players but I didn't see a big difference from normal. They played very well."

By Geoff Sweet Reporter