Mauricio Pochettino was delighted with the personality his side exhibited as a below par Tottenham edged out Watford 4-2 on penalties to reach the Carabao Cup fourth round after the game finished 2-2 in normal time.
Their place in the fourth round looked in doubt when Isaac Success opened the scoring for the visitors a minute after the restart, but a Dele Alli penalty and Erik Lamela strike looked to have earned Spurs the win, before Etienne Capoue's late effort sent the game to spot kicks.
Paulo Gazzaniga proved to be the hero in the shootout for Spurs, saving penalties from Capoue and Domingos Quina, allowing Alli to decide the game with his penalty, with Pochettino left delighted at how his side dug in to earn the result.
️ Mauricio: "It wasn’t a great performance but the team fought and I think the personality we showed at the end taking the penalties and winning the game is a fantastic signal for us."#COYS pic.twitter.com/MC0HcH2DWe— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) September 26, 2018
Speaking to the club's official website post-match, he said: "
"I think we need to praise the players and praise the fans - we're making a fantastic effort."