Tottenham Hotspur vs Fulham: Why was Ange Postecoglou not pleased with Spurs’ second-half display?

Tottenham produced a professional display to get past Fulham 2-0. That win took Spurs two points clear of Manchester City and Arsenal at the summit.

File photo of Tottenham Hotspur players celebrating a goal; Credit: Twitter/ @SpursOfficial
By Karthik Raman | Oct 24, 2023 | 3 Min Read follow icon Follow Us

Tottenham Hotspur continued their resurgence under new manager Ange Postecoglou after they reached the top of the Premier League table with another win on Monday night. Spurs required three points to top the league standings and they did just that. Tottenham produced a professional display to get past Fulham 2-0 on the night. That win took Spurs two points clear of Manchester City and Arsenal at the summit.

Besides, Tottenham Hotspur are one of the two unbeaten sides still in the Premier League with Arsenal being the other. Goals from Heung-Min Son and James Maddison helped Spurs defeat Fulham on Monday night and reclaim the top spot. Not many would have anticipated Spurs to top the table at this point in the season but credit to Postecoglou for making it happen. After the game, the manager gave an honest assessment of the team’s performance.

“It was a good win, the boys worked hard, our work without the ball was again outstanding, as it has been all year, and that’s what won us the game. In the first half we were good, we had to be patient, Fulham were well organised so we had to bide our time a bit, probably could have scored a couple more goals with the chances we created and put the game to bed,” he told on the Review Show, quoted by the club’s website.

Ange Postecoglou on second half

However, Postecoglou was not happy with Tottenham’s performance in the second half. Explaining what he did not like, the manager said, “In the second half, we were just really wasteful with the ball, really poor, as poor as we’ve been all year to be honest. Vic was outstanding in a couple of moments to keep a clean sheet for us. We’ll take the win, it’s another good win for us, but plenty to learn. Don’t get me wrong, people should enjoy it, I’m grumpy because that’s just the way I am.”

He added: “At the end of the day, if we want to be the team we want to be, we have to take opportunities and lessons to improve and not get sidetracked by results. There will be days where we may not win, but we play our football and I’ll be more than happy to commend the performance. I’m not going to let the result take away the fact that we can, and we’ve already showed that we can, play better with the ball than we did in the second half.”

The Tottenham manager, however, was happy with the team’s discipline without the ball. “The defensive side of our game was outstanding, collectively, the whole group, the way we pressed and the way we stayed disciplined to that process, it got us the win, and sometimes that’s just as important as anything else in the game,” he explained.

“There are always areas to improve, and we will. In the second half I felt we took a few liberties with our football that we haven’t so far, we’ve been really disciplined in our approach. My role within that is to make sure I’m always honest with my feedback to the players, that’s what they’ll want, they will want to know how they’re going to get better, and we’ve got plenty of things from the second half to show them how we can.”

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