Tottenham defender Serge Aurier has insisted that he was fouled in the build-up to Southampton’s late equaliser against in the FA Cup fourth-round clash on Saturday.
Spurs looked as though they were going to progress into the next round after Son Heung-min gave them the lead in the second half, but a late strike by Soufiane Boufal cancelled it out and set up a replay in North London.
Aurier came under criticism for the part he played in Southampton’s equaliser when the defender gave the ball away while trying to step out of defence.
However, the Ivorian is adamant that he was fouled by Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg in the build-up to the goal.
Speaking to the Evening Standard, Aurier said: “Of course, yes, it was a foul. It’s the referee’s decision and I accept.
“It’s not a decision or result that we want. The guy pushed me and I think it was a foul. It’s OK, I’m calm.”
Midfielder Harry Winks also expressed his disappointment at Tottenham’s failure to wrap up the win and rued the momentary lapse in concentration that cost the side.
Winks said: “On 85, 86 minutes, one lack of concentration has cost us a goal and forced a replay.
“It’s not ideal for both teams but we go at home and try for the win. We should have had it wrapped up before then.
“They had their chances, they’re an energetic side but we had our chances as well. If we take our chances, go two or three-nil up, it’s a different story.”
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Disappointingly, Aurier still has issues with his game and decision making which he needs to iron out from his game.
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