Graham Potter said that Tottenham’s first goal was preventable from Chelsea’s point of view but he tipped his hat to Oliver Skipp’s strike anyway.
The two sides largely cancelled each other out in the first half at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, with the home side coming the closest to taking the lead as Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg’s deflected effort came off the post.
The Lilywhites started the second half with a lot of intensity and were rewarded instantly with Oliver Skipp finding the back of the net less than a minute after the restart.
The midfielder was the first to react as Enzo Fernandez failed to get distance on his clearance after Emerson Royal’s shot was saved by Kepa Arrizabalaga.
There were no half-measures from the 22-year-old, who took a touch and unleashed a powerful half-volley, which went in off the bar.
It was Skipp’s first senior goal for Tottenham, with the Spurs academy graduate being mobbed by all of his teammates in front of an ecstatic South Stand.
Speaking after the game, Potter told Sky Sports about the first goal: “Well, there were a few things. In any goal there are always areas that you can improve, we didn’t win the first contact then it was a save, then it wasn’t a save.
“Then a scrambled clearance which maybe could have been cleared better. Then Skipp nicks it and it’s a great strike into the top corner.”
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You could tell from the celebrations that Skipp is absolutely adored by his teammates, which is not surprising considering that he seems like a hardworking and unassuming lad.
The midfielder had a torrid 2022 due to fitness issues but it is starting to seem like his luck has started to turn in 2023.
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