Tottenham Hotspur got away with all three points by the skin of their teeth yesterday at home to Southampton, winning the game 2-1.
Spurs went 1-0 up but were reduced to ten men soon after, with Serge Aurier picking up two yellow cards in four minutes for the home side.
Hugo Lloris was then caught napping on his goal line as he attempted a Cruyff turn past Danny Ings, who simply tapped the ball home to make it 1-1.
While a ten-man Tottenham were able to grab another goal on the break and defend for their life for all three points, it was a less than ideal scenario.
Spurs seemed to be unhappy with the referee’s decision-making in the build-up to Aurier’s red card, as the ball seemed to have gone out of play just before.
Charlie Nicholas has now claimed that the win was a big step for Spurs, but he hit out at the players for their ‘non-stop’ moaning at the referee all game.
He said (Soccer Saturday – Sky Sports – 28/09/19 at 5:15 pm): “It’s a big win for him [Mauricio Pochettino]. It sends them back into the top-six, and with so many teams now sitting on 11 points, one or two bad results and you are suddenly right out of the frame.
“It’s not for the title, it’s just for the top-six and top-four that you are threatening here. It was a massive win and they got through it.
“One thing about Spurs, they argued non-stop with the referee. Kept at him and at him. Danny Rose, two minutes worth where he kept asking him questions and questioning his decision-making. And I don’t quite know where they got that from because at times they were a bit fortunate and they probably got away with certain situations. In fact, I thought once the red card came the way of Aurier that Southampton didn’t get some of the free-kicks they should have.”
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