And despite Ten Hag’s praise for Sancho, the Dutchman admitted he was left disappointed by his side’s poor start to the game and rued their missed chances.
“You can say we won a point because when you are in a derby and come back from 2-0 down it is good,” he added. “But on the other hand when you start a derby like we did it’s unacceptable. You have to be ready to fight and we weren’t ready for the battle.
“It was my first remark at half-time, to take care and make sure we were ready and we weren’t so that was really disappointing straight after half-time to concede that goal.
“Of course it will encourage us for when we play the second game in a couple of days that if we play our game, we can beat them. We have to beat them. But you need composure all the time. In the last 20 minutes when it was 2-2 we created so many chances but the finishing was not always that good. We have to be more clinical.”