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Monday 21 August 2017

Pochettino: West Brom don't hold any hoodoo over Spurs

Mauricio Pochettino. Photo: PA
Mauricio Pochettino. Photo: PA

Mauricio Pochettino insists West Brom do not hold a hoodoo over Tottenham at White Hart Lane - despite the Baggies not losing there in five years.

Tony Pulis takes his side to north London this afternoon looking to extend an unbeaten run which stretches back to January 2012.

A 1-1 draw towards the end of last season was damaging to Tottenham's ultimately forlorn Premier League title hopes - and West Brom have already impressed this campaign in narrow defeats at Chelsea and Arsenal.

Despite Tottenham's last win in today's fixture coming under Harry Redknapp, with West Brom managed at the time by Roy Hodgson, Pochettino does not believe his side have a mental block when it comes to beating Albion.

"The past is the past," he said in reference to April's draw between the pair.

"That's a different season, a different circumstance. It's always tough to play them. This season West Brom are doing a fantastic job. It's always difficult to play a team managed by Tony Pulis."

Speaking about West Brom's recent good record at White Hart Lane, the Spurs boss continued: "I think it is a coincidence.

"I think one of the best spells of football we played last season was in the first half against West Brom. In two and a half years it was the best performance of football we played as a team."

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