Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg takes fans’ half-time boos as ‘compliment’ as he explains reason for not celebrating goal

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg has explained his reasoning for not celebrating his goal during Tottenham’s 2-1 victory over Leeds United.

Spurs fought back from a goal down to secure Antonio Conte his first Premier League victory as the club’s head coach.

Conte has already overseen his first three game in charge as he looks to take Spurs back to winning ways
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Hojbjerg levelled the game for Spurs before the hour mark as he fired a deflected effort past Leeds goalkeeper IIIan Meslier.

The Danish midfielder refused to celebrate and he waved his arms, urging his teammates to get back to the halfway line.

And he credits this reaction to his winning mentality.

“I was actually a little bit annoyed because we should have scored a couple of times before and the game wasn’t technically going well,” Hojbjerg said.

It wasn’t a pretty strike but it was a crucial equaliser from Hojbjerg
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“So it was more like ‘I scored but let’s get back and get another one’ because at home a draw I was never going to be celebrating. I only celebrate the wins and we did that.”

Conte’s passionate celebration on the touchline was markedly different to the Dane’s, but he realises why.

“Momentum goes to our side and this is when you have to execute and really try to kill the game when the momentum is on your side,” he said.

“I think we did that. I thought we should have been more clinical and we won 2-1 which was so important.”

Hojbjerg did celebrate his opener against Aston Villa earlier this season
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Spurs had a poor first half and were booed by sections of the home support, but the former Southampton midfielder doesn’t blame the fans for their reaction.

“I kind of understand it. I hope it won’t happen again but I understand there are high demands, high pressure,” he said.

“The fans have great expectations because we’re a great team, so I take that as a compliment. We’re here to perform well and let the fans celebrate, which is the main thing.

“We did that in the second half and the fans were incredible in the second half also, so let’s try to do that from the start.”

Hojbjerg has been very important for Spurs this season
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And Hojbjerg believes that while Spurs aren’t immediately turning around their performances, they are acclimatising to new coach Conte.

He added: “Technically, it wasn’t a perfect game from us. A couple of mistakes. I have to say the way Leeds play is very demanding and very aggressive.

“They cause these individual mistakes, but I thought collectively we came out for the second half very aggressively, on top with a good attitude.

“We got the stadium with us, with fantastic support. To come back the way we did, from a character and mental point of view, I thought was very important and very strong.”

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