Bournemouth boss Andoni Iraola admits Tottenham’s superior finishing made the difference in Sunday’s defeat.
The Cherries succumbed 3-1 in London on the day.
Iraola told the Daily Echo: “(The scoreline) is what counts – you have to score goals.
“And they were much better than us in the last third, finishing wise.
“I’m really happy with the performance. I think we played with really strong personality against top opposition.
“We had our chances. We had a lot of the ball around the box
We played a lot in their half, but it wasn’t good enough, especially last third to score the (equaliser) and put them under pressure.”
Tottenham Hotspur manager Ange Postecoglou has won many admirers since moving to north London – both for his brand of free-flowing football and for his frank replies to journalists in press conferences.
Both were in evidence again on Sunday as Spurs beat Bournemouth 3-1 at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium and the Australian brought some humour after the game when asked about a confrontation with opposite number Andoni Iraola.
Towards the end of the clash in N17, Postecoglou appeared to encourage Alejo Veliz to go down in order to receive treatment and that upset members of the Cherries’ coaching staff.
There was arguing between the two sets of coaches and even an altercation involving Postecoglou and Iraola, which resulted in a yellow card for the Australian and also midfielder Giovani Lo Celso after the Argentine got involved in the dispute.
Asked after the game by Football Londonwhat was said during the clash, Postecoglou replied: “We all just came together to wish each a Happy New Year, mate, and make some resolutions.”
Spurs took an early lead through Pape Matar Sarr after nine minutes and added further goals in the second half via Son Heung-min and Richarlison.
Alex Scott grabbed a late consolation for Bournemouth, but Tottenham ran out 3-1 winners and finish 2023 in fifth place, just a point behind north London rivals Arsenal and only three off leaders Liverpool.
Bournemouth, meanwhile, have 25 points and are 10 clear of the relegation zone with 19 games played.
Spurs are at home to Burnley in the FA Cup third round next on January 5th and travel to Manchester United in the Premier League nine days later.