Spurs' boss hails roaring comeback

BEATING THE ODDS: Spurs came back from two goals down to beat Burnley, with Rose (front, seen here celebrating with teammate Benjamin Stambouli) sealing the 4-2 win.


    Jan 16, 2015

    Spurs' boss hails roaring comeback


    TOTTENHAM manager Mauricio Pochettino saluted his players' spirit after they roared back from two goals down to reach the FA Cup fourth round with a 4-2 win over Burnley.

    Spurs were in danger of a surprise exit when Burnley scored twice in the first eight minutes of Wednesday's third-round replay at White Hart Lane.

    But those goals from Marvin Sordell and Ross Wallace were cancelled out by Tottenham midfielders Paulinho and Etienne Capoue before half-time.

    Vlad Chiriches headed Spurs in front early in the second half, and Danny Rose netted soon after to seal a victory that booked a fourth-round home tie against Leicester later this month.

    Tottenham's superb recovery was exactly what Pochettino needed after his team's disappointing Premier League defeat against struggling Crystal Palace last weekend and the Argentinian was quick to show his gratitude for their spirited efforts.

    "I'm happy because we showed our character to go through," he said.

    "It's difficult to explain the start, you need to be focused and maybe for the first goal we were not.

    "But after 2-0 down, we fixed something from a tactical point of view and if we take the first 10 minutes out, then we deserved to go to the next round.

    "The most important thing was how the team came back into the game. We showed character and faith to come back and get into the fourth round.

    "It is very important for us to do well in this competition.

    "It's very important after we lost the opportunity to move up the table on Saturday.

    "It's important for the confidence because today, different players had the opportunity to play and show they can fight for the team."

    In other FA Cup replays, Shane Long scored the winner as Premier League high-flyers Southampton saw off second-tier Ipswich Town 1-0, while third-tier Bradford defeated second division Millwall 4-0.

    Victory saw the Saints, third in the Premier League, book a fourth-round tie at home to top-flight rivals Crystal Palace - a side now managed by former boss Alan Pardew.

    Bradford booked a lucrative glamour tie away with Premier League leaders Chelsea.