Former player claims Spurs struggled to adjust after VAR decision

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Former defender Garth Crooks has claimed that Tottenham Hotspur failed to adapt after they were denied a second goal against Leicester City.

Serge Aurier thought he had put Tottenham 2-0 up against the Foxes when he drilled his right-footed effort into the bottom corner of Kasper Schmeichel’s goal only for a VAR decision to decide that Heung-min Son was fractionally offside in the build up to the goal.

Spurs barely had a chance to digest the decision when Leicester went up the other half of the pitch and levelled the score through Ricardo Pereira.

With just five minutes to play, James Maddison punished the Spurs midfield for giving him too much space on the edge of the penalty area when he beat Paulo Gazzaniga to keep all three points at the King Power Stadium.

Crooks believes that the VAR decision to rule Son offside was correct and that players and fans need to now accept that video technology is now part of the game.

“I hate it [VAR],” Crooks told Final Score on BBC 1 (21/09/2019 16:25 pm). “I think it’s meddling. I think it’s interfering and I think it’s a busy body. But we have got it, and when it comes to the science we have to accept it. You can’t argue with the offside decision, they got that right. 

“I wouldn’t say Spurs lacked fight, I would just say they struggled to adjust when that VAR decision hit them. I can understand fans saying it’s sucking the life out of me – I don’t know what’s going on. But that’s what it is – Players have now got to adjust and so do have the fans.”

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