Michael Owen has claimed that the kind of mistake Eric Dier made in the second half of the clash against Brentford is unacceptable at the top level.

As has been the norm for Tottenham this season, they put in a lacklustre display in the first half and found themselves a goal down at half-time.

Eric Dier

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Things went from bad to worse for the visitors at the start of the second period as Dier skewed a simple clearance despite being not under any pressure, with the ball going out for a corner kick for Brentford.

The home side made Tottenham pay by then scoring from the resultant corner. Tottenham managed to fight back and spare Dier’s blushes by levelling the score at 2-2 thanks to goals from Harry Kane and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg.

Antonio Conte refused to criticise his defenders after the game, even suggesting that Spurs do not need reinforcements at centre-back in January (Football.London).

However, Owen did not hold back in his criticism of Dier, describing his mistake as ‘awful’.

The former Liverpool man told Matchday Live on Optus Sport about the centre-back’s skewed clearance: “That’s like me on the first tee of a golf course, shanking it! Awful.

“At this level, you’re putting yourself under undue pressure and eventually, it results in a goal. You’ve got to go back to things like that, you’ve got to improve those little details if you’re going to stop shipping goals.”

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That performance Dier delivered against Brentford was him in a nutshell. He looked calm on the ball, commanding in duals and had generally looked quite solid. Out of nowhere, he made an unacceptable mistake owing to a momentary lapse in concentration that ended up costing the team.

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