Eric Dier insisted that Tottenham fully support Nuno Espirito Santo’s philosophy and the team demonstrated that against Aston Villa.
Spurs ended a three-game losing streak in the Premier League on Sunday, with a 2-1 win over Dean Smith’s side at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
Nuno had been under pressure to get a result after a tough few weeks, but he got there with a system change that made Spurs more comfortable and menacing in possession.
Tottenham had to work for points after Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg’s strike was called off by Ollie Watkins in the second half.
Thankfully, a great job from Heung-min Son moments later forced Villa full-back Matt Targett to turn a cross into his own net, which turned out to be decisive in the proceedings.
Spurs defender Dier praised the way the team turned a sticky situation in their favor, and added that the team support Nuno’s style despite a difficult form spell in the league.
He told the Evening Standard: “The way we reacted to 1-1 was really important.
“Maybe we could have started the second half better, it’s something we still need to improve, but the response to the 1-1 was fantastic and we really put our foot on the gas and created a lot of ‘opportunities and got the goal.
“We believe 100% [in the manager’s plan]. We need to keep our cool. We have had a difficult few weeks under difficult circumstances.
“We were missing a lot of players, we went to Crystal Palace – injuries, expulsions, we really lost balance there – and then we had two disappointing results.
“Chelsea’s result didn’t reflect the game at all, we played very well, especially in the first half, and then the game against Arsenal was very disappointing for us.
“It’s only the start, I think yesterday’s performance was the best of the season and it shows a real reaction from the players. The players had to show this reaction.
“For me it doesn’t really matter [about the circumstances], as players we have to perform and there are certain levels that you can’t go below and we certainly did this last weekend and it has nothing to do with the manager.
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It was definitely a rocky form for Nuno, where it seemed like players didn’t buy into his system or his way of playing.
He changed that against Aston Villa, and it yielded success, despite the tight score. It’s a big result heading into the international break, and it’s definitely something to build on.
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