Arsenal legend admits Spurs were unlucky with VAR calls in Southampton draw

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Ian Wright expected Tottenham Hotspur to get all three points against Southampton after Mohammed Salisu’s sending off, although he admitted the Lilywhites were unlucky with refereeing decisions. 

It was a near-perfect first-half performance from the Saints, who took the lead through a brilliant James Ward-Prowse volley and restricted Spurs to very few chances.

However, disaster struck for the home side towards the end of the first period as Salisu picked up a second yellow for his foul on Son Heung-min inside the box.

Harry Kane converted the spot-kick with ruthless efficiency and Spurs pushed bodies forward after the interval looking for a winner against the ten men.

Antonio Conte’s men did have the ball in the back of the net on a couple of occasions but both goals were ruled, with VAR’s decision to rule Kane’s goal offside being particularly controversial.

Conte admitted after the game that he was frustrated that Spurs could not make their numerical advantage count in the second half.

Wright opined that the Lilywhites were unlucky not to be walking away from St Mary’s with all three points.

The former Arsenal striker told Premier League Productions (28/12/21 from 17:00 onwards): “A very good point in the end (for Southampton). I thought that when they went down to ten, Tottenham were going to win it.

“But they do have to take credit for what they’ve achieved getting the point. I still feel that Tottenham were unlucky with the two goals chalked off.”

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It was one of those days for Spurs in the second half as they certainly did enough to score at least one goal. However, what I found concerning once again was Tottenham’s lack of intensity in the first 20 minutes, which unfortunately has been a feature of the Conte era so far.

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