Despite moving above North London rivals Arsenal into second place, there was an air of disappointment around the Spurs squad as they remain nine points behind leaders Chelsea.

"What we can do is to build on what we've got, get that team spirit and toughness about us and take pride in this performance because I thought we really stuck at it".

Sunderland's Jack Rodwell was lucky to escape with a booking in the first-half after a rash lunge on Mousa Dembele but Pochettino refused to criticise referee Lee Mason. We created some chances to score, but it wasn't enough.

"There is nothing to say, nothing to complain about". "In their situation and position it is always hard to take a decision". They will face a Spurs side who snatched a result late on for the second successive game when they beat Wycombe in the cup at the weekend.

"We dropped two points".

Alderweireld limped off in the second-half during the game against Manchester City with a suspected hamstring injury, while Rose, who completed the entire game against Pep Guardiola's side left the stadium with his knee in a brace.

"It's a tough game because Sunderland need points, too and always it's tough to play in the Premier League but our objective is to get the three points to be close to the top, to keep our position, and maybe improve".

Overall though, the happier manager at half-time would have been David Moyes as his team restricted Spurs to barely nothing which Pochettino would not have been happy with. "In the first half we didn't play well and we were poor". A point against Tottenham is not a bad result, and we had a point against Liverpool here a few weeks ago.

Having strengthened his squad in the January transfer window with half the Everton squad from 2013, Moyes will be hoping to avoid relegation, but will certainly be up against it.

"We all need to learn and try to fix it". We have a lot of big games coming up at home.

"But it wasn't for the want of trying".