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Mauricio Pochettino backs keeper Michel Vorm after FA Cup howler

Knee jerk reaction would dictate sitting Michel Vorm. Mo Pochettino has no knee jerk in him.

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Do you know what we continue to learn about our Argentine manager? His hand does not shake. Ever.

Faced with a run of games that would see Manchester United struggling for their very lives, Tottenham Hotspur's gaffer has been forced to rotate his squad heavily, including sporadic starts for backup keeper Michel Vorm. While no doubt keeping the imperious Hugo Lloris fresh, Vorm's howler at the end of the Leicester City match sent Spurs tumbling out of the FA Cup in a match in which they held the lead for over an hour.

Cause for concern and being buried on the bench, right? Not so fast.

In an interview with the Mirror, Pochettino not only backs the former Swansea standout, but maintains he will be in contention for a place in the squad for the final leg of the semifinal tie with Sheffield United.

"He made a mistake. Every player can make a mistake, we must give him support and confidence."

This may not be popular with Tottenham supporters, but I like it. Players cannot live in fear of making one mistake when out on the pitch. This public statement sends all the correct messages. Conversely, we also know that Poche is not afraid to bury someone on the pine, but seemingly it has nothing to do with one bad match or one bad week. Again, this is encouraging. In the end, Hugo will still play in the majority of matches, but given comments like these, our fringe players seem to know exactly where they stand with the current coach, and that is a positive.