“He’s tried to be too clever” – Pundit highlights Spurs player’s error against West Ham

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Alan Hutton
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Former Tottenham Hotspur defender Alan Hutton has criticised Davinson Sanchez after his header helped West Ham United spark a remarkable comeback on Sunday.

Tottenham found themselves 3-0 ahead with just sixteen minutes of the match played in North London which left Hutton believing at the time that Jose Mourinho’s side could go on to score a dozen.

Heung-min Son and a brace from Harry Kane put the home side in cruise control but they were unable to add to their lead which ended up costing them dearly.

Harry Kane struck the outside of the post to deny him a hat-trick while Gareth Bale came off the bench and dragged his shot wide when it looked easier to score.

Hutton believes that Sanchez should have looked to have headed the ball back in the direction which it came from, rather than his attempt which found the back of the net to give West Ham the belief they could get something out of the game at 3-2.

Hutton told Football Insider: “Well I was watching it and I was thinking: ‘Here we go, this is going to be about 6-0,’ honestly. They were absolutely flying at the start, it was unbelievable.

“Sometimes I think you go in 3-0, you think the game is done, you take your foot off the gas a little bit and then they started to grow into the game. It was a crazy eight minutes or whatever it was. I don’t think you can ever get over that, it’s just something that occasionally happens in football.

“When they score one and you start to sit back, they’re confidence starts to grow. Then there’s an own goal, a header from Sanchez – look, just put it out from where it came from.

“I think he’s tried to be too clever and he’s ended up putting it into his own net and at 3-2 the nerves start to come in, it’s normal. Before you know it you’re in your 18-yard box trying to defend. What West Ham did was just putting balls in the box, putting Tottenham under pressure.

“It’s about closing out games, getting over the line, don’t let teams get back into it or give them any sort of hope or belief. That’s what they did. I put it down to a crazy eight minutes. Mourinho will be disappointed.” 

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