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Pochettino: It's not been easy for Soldado

Pochettino has been working hard on Soldado. Credit: PA

Mauricio Pochettino was delighted Roberto Soldado was able to end his goal drought in the 2-1 victory over Everton.

Soldado had not scored in the Premier League since netting the winner against Cardiff on March 2, while it had been 593 minutes since he had last scored in competitive action.

So it was something of a relief for both Pochettino and Soldado that the Spaniard latched onto Aaron Lennon's pass before coolly slotting the ball past Tim Howard and into the far corner to give Spurs victory.

You need to give confidence to the player to keep working hard," Pochettino said of the former Valencia front-man.

It has not been easy for him but you need to motivate the player - it is always frustrating for a striker who does not score.

Today he scored and he is happy, he is more free because he feels the pressure. It is important for the team that the striker scores goals.

– Mauricio Pochettino


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