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Pochettino admits Spurs FA Cup exit is ‘super disappointing’

Mauricio Pochettino said Spurs’ FA Cup exit to the hands of Crystal Palace was ‘super disappointing’ considering their domination of the game.

Having been dumped out of the Carabao Cup on penalties on Thursday night, Spurs were looking to the FA Cup as their main hope of ending their trophy drought, with a challenge for the Premier League and Champions League looking unlikely.

However, they became the third side from the top six to fail to make it into the fifth round, following Liverpool and Arsenal’s exits from the competition – losing 2-0 against London rivals, Crystal Palace.

Despite Spurs‘ incredible dominance of both possession and chances, they were unable to break down Roy Hodgson’s men, who progressed to the last 16 thanks to goals from Connor Wickham and Andros Townsend.

Speaking after the game, Mauricio Pochettino revealed that the defeat was tough to take, but admitted that Palace deserved to win.

“The performance wasn’t bad. I thought it was an even game. I think we created the chances. We had the possession but football is about scoring goals if you want to win,” he told BT Sport.

“We feel disappointed in the way we conceded after nine minutes. Palace did not do too much but they scored and deserved to go through to the next stage of the FA Cup.

“If you play bad you are more relaxed but in this type of game when you create all the chances and you dominate it is super disappointing.”

Kieran Trippier missed a first half penalty, with Pochettino saying that it was a ‘key moment’ of the game.

“The key moment was the penalty. At 2-1 at half-time it would change everything and the belief,” the Argentine added.

“We look forward now and we have two competitions left – the Premier League and the Champions league. We cannot complain and we can only look forward and in those two competitions try our best.”

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