"Disappointed" Pochettino insists Spurs can progress despite defeat in Belgium

By Ciaran McGrath in Football

SPURS boss Mauricio Pochettino is backing his players to shake off the disappointment of their surprising 1-0 defeat in Belgium and put Gent to the sword in next week’s return fixture.

The Argentine cut a frustrated figure watching from the sidelines as Jeremy Perbet’s strike 15 minutes into the second half proved enough to hand the hosts a slender advantage at the halfway point of the Europa League Round of 32 tie.

The goal came against the run of play, with the Lilywhites enjoying the bulk of possession and Harry Kane striking a post shortly after the restart.

Pochettino said afterwards: "When you lose it’s always a bad feeling but the tie is open, it’s a minimal advantage for Gent and we need to play at Wembley next Thursday and try to win the game

"The first half was an even game. In the second half we changed our formation a little to try to find a solution to create more chances and the start (of the half) was good but we conceded a goal in our best moment. That is football, it’s difficult to explain sometimes.

"We are confident we can turn it around, of course. We need to recover our best feeling as soon as possible. It always happens, ups and downs, but we have to be clever and try to stop that.

"Now it’s time to try to recover from the effort tonight and prepare for the game against Fulham."

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