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He's trying his best: Pochettino defends Roberto Soldado's unforgivable miss

Poor old Bobby.

THE CLICHE GOES that stuck-in-a-rut strikers need a goal to go in off their backside.

For most, however, a beautiful low cross delivered on to your strong foot on the edge of the six-yard box would do nicely too.

Not poor old Roberto Soldado.

Britain Soccer FA Cup Source: Alastair Grant

With Spurs still trailing Burnley in last night’s FA Cup replay, this happened.

Luckily for the Spaniard, Spurs would eventually run out 4 – 2 winners and so manager Mauricio Pochettino was of a mood to let him off the hook – publicly at least.

“It is always a tough period when a striker doesn’t score but I’m very happy with his performance,” Pochettino told AFP post-match.

“In football you don’t need to apologise. I think he deserved a goal. For the me the most important thing is he always fights and tries to do his best.

“His attitude is perfect. In football when you try hard every day, always the reward arrives.”

Soccer - FA Cup - Third Round - Replay - Tottenham Hotspur v Burnley - White Hart Lane Source: PA Wire/Press Association Images

Some day, Bobby. Some day.

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