Pochettino thanks Tottenham fans after Southampton abuse

The Argentine was not a popular man with the home crowd on his return to St Mary's Stadium but is grateful to the Spurs faithful after a 2-2 draw with his old side
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino thanked his club's fans for their backing after he came in for criticism on his return to Southampton on Saturday.

Spurs came from behind on two occasions, through Erik Lamela and Nacer Chadli, to claim a 2-2 draw against the club from whom the Argentine departed at the end of last season.

As a result, Tottenham remain above the Saints in the Premier League table and Pochettino was grateful for the support that he received after some home fans at St Mary's Stadium directed abusive chants towards him.

"I congratulate the players, I congratulate our fans - they touched me because they backed me a lot," he told BT Sport.

"I appreciate so much because it was a very tough game, an emotional game for me and difficult because I still love Southampton. I have very good memories here."

Pochettino acknowledged that Spurs were architects of their own downfall as they made errors in the build-up to each of Graziano Pelle's two goals for Southampton.

He added: "We conceded two goals from two mistakes. I am a little disappointed with that but, in the end, [I am] happy because, with a very young team today, we showed character."