Forster: Spurs 'showed a lot of fight' to come back against Man United

‘We showed a lot of fight’: Fraser Forster insists Tottenham’s comeback against Man United shows they still have the belief to qualify for the Champions League – after enduring an ’embarrassing’ 6-1 defeat at Newcastle

  • Tottenham rescued a draw from two goals behind against Manchester United
  • Goalkeeper Fraser Forster insisted the 2-2 draw showed Spurs still have belief
  • The Champions League chasers are preparing to face on Liverpool on Sunday

Fraser Forster believes Tottenham’s comeback against Manchester United showed they still have the fight for their Champions League battle after an ’embarrassing’ week for the club.

Spurs’ capitulation at Newcastle, where they conceded five goal in the opening five minutes, led to the sacking of interim manager Cristian Stellini and the players vowing to refund the tickets of the travelling supporters.

Fears spread that another surrender beckoned when they went two goals down to United on Thursday only for goals from Pedro Porro and Heung-min Son to snatch a point.

Tottenham keeper Forster praised the ‘dirty work’ done to earn a result that kept Spurs’ hopes of a top-four finish flickering ahead of their trip to Liverpool on Sunday with the club six points behind United in fourth, albeit having played two games more.

‘It’s good to show the reaction,’ said Tottenham keeper Forster, who’s expected to start once again in the absence of injured club captain Hugo Lloris. 

Tottenham goalkeeper Fraser Forster (pictured) believes Spurs’ comeback against Manchester United on Thursday night shows they still have the fight for their Champions League battle

Forster labelled Spurs’ 6-1 hammering at the hands of Newcastle last Sunday ’embarrassing’

The former England international is standing in for injured first-choice goalkeeper Hugo Lloris

‘We showed a lot of fight. The lads were running, making tackles and doing the dirty side of the game as well. The players are desperate to make things work here and succeed. 

‘We just want to be together, players, fans, the club and everything, and move forward with a good end to the season.

‘It’s fine playing nice football, but ultimately you’ve got to run, tackle, kick people. You have to do that side of it as well. That allows you the space and the time to get the ball and play football. You have to do it all.

‘The Premier League is such a high standard that if you don’t do any of those things and you’re not good on the ball, you get picked off and punished. It’s about trying to put that on the pitch for 90 minutes. It was a good 45 second half and something to build on.’

Forster replaced the injured Lloris at half-time St James’ Park, a ground at which the 35-year-old held a season ticket growing up.

‘It was embarrassing more than anything,’ said Forster of the 6-1 defeat.

‘Disappointing. We just had to put it behind you and get on with it. We’ve trained well the last few days. We came to Spurs and in the second half showed what we can do. There are a lot of positives to take and things to learn and work on.

‘I was a season ticket holder there as a kid. But, first and foremost, I’m a Tottenham player. We needed the win to get to where we wanted to get to. 

On Sunday, Tottenham take on Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool, who are also in the race for top four

‘That’s the frustrating thing, with such a big game, to go so far the other way. We just have to get our heads down, work hard and see where it goes for the rest of the season.’

Ryan Mason replaced Stellini as interim boss last week, and Spurs midfielder Oliver Skipp says he’s helped the players, who have the fight the club needs.

‘It has been difficult,’ said Skipp. ‘We were all really disappointed and we massively let everyone down with our performance at Newcastle. We knew we had no choice but to react and to show the togetherness that we know is in there. It is really about enhancing and finding that.

‘Ryan has come in and made a few changes, but not too much because he hasn’t had time to work with everyone and work with what he wants. There will be things we change I am sure but it was really about showing everyone that we have got a team that is capable of fighting and showing that fight the club needs.’

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