‘Aggrieved with the young boy’ – Ferdinand criticises Oliver Skipp in West Ham defeat

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Oliver Skipp
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Anton Ferdinand has claimed that Oliver Skipp was arguably more at fault than Harry Kane for the way Tottenham conceded against West Ham on Sunday. 

The Hammers leapt into the Premier League top four at the weekend after claiming a 1-0 against Spurs at the London Stadium, courtesy of Michail Antonio’s second-half tap-in. 

The lone goal of the game came in frustrating circumstances for Nuno Espirito Santo’s side, as Sergio Reguilon gave away possession in a dangerous area which led to a corner.

From Spurs’ point of view, the set-piece was defended incredibly poorly, as Hammers forward Antonio was allowed to get in front of Kane far too easily to prod home the winner. 

However, former Premier League defender Ferdinand has said that he would be more aggrieved with the way in which Skipp defended rather than Kane, as he missed the initial clearing header before it arrived at the feet of Antonio. 

He told Vibe with FIVE: “Yeah I wouldn’t be happy [with Harry Kane’s defending]. But I’d be more aggrieved with the young boy [Oliver] Skipp, who was at the front post. 

“He should be heading that away. Harry can’t see the ball. I’m not defending him, he can’t see the ball. If Antonio can react that quick, so can Harry.

“You’re at that front post to do a job which is if that ball comes in your vicinity, you head it away.”

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A host of problems can be picked out from the way Spurs defended the corner, and it would be unfair to blame it on one player. Skipp, alongside Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, missed the initial header, while Kane was so static while defending Antonio. It was just poor all around. 

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