Jenas explains why Trippier took the penalty against Palace


Tottenham went out of the FA Cup on yesterday afternoon after being beaten 2-0 by Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park. Spurs went into the game with seven changes from the side that took to the field in the second leg of the Carabao Cup semi final on Thursday.

Tottenham looked pretty sloppy in the first half as the home side raced into a two-goal lead courtesy of a tap-in for Connor Wickham and an Andros Townsend penalty after Kyle Walker-Peters foolishly handled the ball in the penalty area.

Spurs, however, were handed a lifeline late in the first half as they were awarded a penalty of their own after Juan Foyth was bought down in the Palace area. To fans’ surprise, it was Kieran Trippier who stepped up to take the spot-kick and the defender’s effort went embarrassingly wide of Julián Speroni’s right-hand post.

Jermaine Jenas who was covering the game for BT Sport said during his half-time analysis that he wasn’t surprised that it was Trippier who was tasked with putting away the spot kick.

The former Spurs midfielder revealed that the 28-year-old was one of the best penalty takers in the England camp during last summer’s World Cup.

“And I just didn’t think this was going to happen for one minute”, Jenas said.

“I heard throughout the England camp that Kieran Trippier was one of the most consistent penalty takers but it’s just one of those days at the minute for Tottenham. It’s not been going well I don’t think, that first half.”

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