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Spurs star Eric Dier: We want to give the team the platform to win games.

Updated: Nov 20, 2020

Eric Dier of Tottenham [Twitter/@ericdier]
Eric Dier of Tottenham [Twitter/@ericdier]

Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Eric Dier was 'really happy' the Lilywhites kept a clean sheet when they traveled to West Bromwich Albion over the weekend.

Harry Kane's late header secured a vital win for the north London club at The Hawthorns as they moved up to the second spot in the Premier League table.

Jose Mourinho's side have now scored 38 goals in 15 games so far this season, but the clean sheet against the Baggies was what impressed the England international.

It was the same story two weeks ago at Burnley where they sealed a 1-0 win at Turf Moor, and Dier, who has now played 250 matches for Spurs said as the club's official website stated.

“We’re really happy to keep another clean sheet,” said Eric, who racked up 250 appearances for us on Sunday. “We’ve been really unlucky to concede goals that I don’t believe are defensive mistakes, but just unfortunate, like the foul on Pierre last week, so to get a clean sheet, we’re really happy with that, and Harry’s come up with the goal at the end after a fantastic ball from Matt.

“As a defensive unit, we want to give the team the platform to go on and win games. As I said, we’ve been disappointed with a lot of the goals we’ve conceded because they’ve been under unfortunate circumstances a lot of them and, going forward, I always believe we’re going to score goals, so yes, a clean sheet is massive.”

Although we always felt in control, we stepped on the gas in the second half and although Harry’s goal arrived late, 88 minutes, we’d been knocking on the door with 17 attempts after the break.

“We were a bit disappointed with the first half, I don’t think we pressed them enough or caused them enough problems,” reflected Eric, who is now on international duty with England.

“We had a lot more control of the game in the second half. We kept the ball better, played more in their half, regained possession when we lost it, and had lots of opportunities and efforts on goal.

“It’s a great feeling going into the international break, and that’s really important. You don’t want to have two weeks dwelling on a result you didn’t want, so really happy with where we are but, at the same time, lots and lots of work still to do.”

No team in the English top flight has conceded fewer goals [nine] in eight games than Tottenham so far this season.

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