Five reasons Tottenham’s win at Everton was so important for Pochettino

As the Premier League season came to an end on Sunday, there were few eyes on Tottenham Hotspur as the relegation battle consumed most of the attention.

But the Lilywhites’ 1-0 win at Everton was a solid result and one that is more important for head coach Mauricio Pochettino than it may seem on the surface.

Spurs ended the campaign in fifth spot, qualifying for the UEFA Europa League once again next season, and although the club will be disappointed not to have qualified for the Champions League, the result at Goodison Park was an encouraging one.

Here are five reasons why that 1-0 win at Everton was so important for Spurs and Mauricio Pochettino:

1. Pochettino no worse than Sherwood

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Tim Sherwood was not afraid of telling supporters about his win ratio while at Spurs last season, but Pochettino has ended his first campaign with the club with the same 50% win ratio that Sherwood achieved during his short tenure. Pochettino has guided Spurs to 28 wins in 56 games in all competitions this season and has a better win ratio than Harry Redknapp (49.49%) and the legendary Bill Nicholson (49.03%) so far.

2. Those three points prevent worrying statistic

The three points secured at Everton saw Spurs end the season on 64 points. That is still not an amount fans will be pleased with, and it is five points fewer than last year, but a loss on Merseyside on Sunday would have seen Tottenham end the season with the fewest points for six years.

3. Eight-year wait for win at Goodison over

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The last time Tottenham won at Everton was back in February 2007 and so Sunday’s win ended an eight-year wait. Five draws and three losses have followed since their last victory at Goodison Park and Spurs managed to do what none of the top four did this year by keeping a clean sheet away at the Toffees.

4. Are the defensive issues finally being solved?

Spurs have been nothing short of shocking at the back this season, conceding more goals than 13 other clubs. They conceded 53 goals this term but ended the campaign with back-to-back clean sheets in the league for the first time since the opening two games of the season back in August.

5. Harry Kane’s mini-drought over

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Harry Kane has enjoyed a sensational season, scoring a total of 31 goals in all competitions – the most any Spurs player has managed since Gary Lineker netted 35 in the 1991/92 campaign. But despite his incredible goalscoring antics, some had started to question whether Kane had burnt out after scoring just once in his last eight prior to kickoff at Everton. He scored what proved to be the winner though with his first in five and ends the season as the second-highest scorer in the top flight behind Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero.

How important was Tottenham’s win at Everton on Sunday? What needs to be done to secure a top four finish next season?

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