Spurs 4-1 Manchester City: Harry Kane opens account for Tottenham

VIEW FROM THE BENCH

Mauricio Pochettino's Tottenham team did little wrong, once they had rediscovered their belief, after scoring the equalising goal. It may concern the manager, however, that they so obviously appeared to lose confidence, as they did when losing at Old Trafford on the opening day of the season, when City took the lead, despite the game being so competitive before then. Manuel Pellegrini had an appalling day; the several changes he made to the core of his team, presumably in preparation for playing in the Champions League on Wednesday, clearly backfired. He also switched Kevin de Bruyne from wide on the right to a central position, which he struggled with having impressed until then.

MOAN OF THE MATCH

Aleksandr Kolarov spoke his mind, perhaps rightly, to referee Mark Clattenburg while leaving the pitch at half-time, almost certainly complaining about Kyle Walker's offside positioning for Tottenham's equalizing goal. The referee responded, again probably rightly, by giving the left-back a yellow card.

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Both managers admitted after the game that the referee had made several mistakes, but Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino was delighted with his side's performance.

"You know football, sometimes it goes for you and sometimes against you. We need to keep calm because the decision is for the referee," he told BT Sport.

"I am very happy because our performance was great and we played against a big, big side.

"My players were brilliant, and I'm very happy for our supporters after Wednesday because I know how they feel about the defeat to Arsenal."

On Kane finally breaking his goalscoring duck, he added: "I think it was important for him to score, to take off the pressure and start to get a little bit more confidence. I think before he was under pressure."

His opposite number Manuel Pelligrini added: "I know the goals were offside, but we played very well in the first half. We scored a goal and had two or three clear chances and Tottenham scored with their first shot.

"After that there was an offside goal, and two set pieces. One of them was offside again and after that they played very well.

"The Premier League is always very difficult, so we must continue working and playing how we did in the first 45 minutes."

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