‘Chaotic’ – Dier reacts to penalty decision and Spurs defensive performance

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Eric Dier has insisted he was certain that Hugo Lloris got a touch on the ball as soon as the controversial penalty incident happened in the 63rd minute against Everton.

Antonio Conte’s first Premier League game in charge of Tottenham certainly proved to be action-packed despite the game ending 0-0.

Both sides had chances to win the match in the second half and the game could have also turned on a couple of refereeing decisions.

Chris Kavanagh pointed to the spot after Hugo Lloris seemed to bring down Richarlison but the referee overturned the decision after VAR intervened and asked him to re-watch the incident on the touchline monitor.

When asked about the disallowed penalty incident, Dier told NBC Sport: “Well, I was close by. The minute it happened I was certain that Hugo touched the ball from where I was.

“I haven’t seen a video of it since then but from where I was, it looked like he certainly touched it.”

Dier admitted that the Toffees made it difficult for the Lilywhites but insisted that he was happy with the way the side defended.

When asked to describe the fast and frantic match, the centre-back said: “Yeah, exactly that. It was a chaotic a bit too much for our liking and obviously a difficult game against a good side, Everton, they played very well.

“We were compact and defended well and I thought we limited them to very few chances and just couldn’t get one ourselves.”

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I think just as in Nuno’s short reign, the problem yesterday was poor decision making in the final third. There were at least four or five occasions when we managed to work a 3 vs 3 (or similar) on the counter-attack but both the timing and the choice of passing from the likes of Kane let us down badly.

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