Dele Alli scored a late goal as Spurs secured a 1-1 draw against the Hornets in the Premier League.
Mauricio Pochettino was pleased Tottenham Hotspur secured a point against Watford on Saturday, saying it is ‘the first step’ to building his side’s confidence again.
The Lilywhites were on course for a 15th defeat in their last 30 matches before Dele Alli‘s late goal helped cancel out Abdoulaye Doucoure’s sixth minute opener.
“We started again by conceding a poor goal and you can say ‘all is against us’, but the most important thing is that in the second half we pushed to try to score,” Pochettino said as the club’s official website quoted.
“Watford defended well, they were so strong, but I’m happy for the players because at the end we found a way to score. We maybe deserved to win in the second half, we didn’t, but this is the first step to build our confidence again after two bad games against Bayern Munich and Brighton.
“Five years ago, we started in the same way and then we made an unbelievable second half of the season and our objective now is to fix this as soon as possible and to be in the way I believe the team deserves to be.”
The Spurs boss heaped praise on their fans and midfield ace Dele, who scored his first goal of the season.
“The crowd was unbelievable,” he said. “The fans always help us and in the last 20 minutes they were pushing us, they gave us that last energy that we needed to score and yes, with maybe five minutes more we might have been capable of scoring. The effort was fantastic from the players, they never gave up and now we need to build the confidence again.
“Tuesday (at home against Red Star in the Champions League) is going to be important again. Every single game now is going to be important to build our confidence. We need to be ready and the team will be ready.”
On Dele, Pochettino added: “The first half was difficult for everyone but in the second half, he showed his character and I’m so happy for him to score again, it’s important for a player like him who loves to score.”