Steven Bergwijn has blasted VAR’s decision to chalk off Tottenham’s equaliser in their 3-1 defeat to Sheffield United on Thursday.
The Dutchman came back into the side for the clash, replacing Dele Alli in the starting line up from the 2-0 win over West Ham.
Bergwijn was one of the away side’s most threatening players in the first half but faded away after the interval before being replaced by Erik Lamela.
The Netherlands international admitted that he was left extremely puzzled when VAR decided that Lucas Moura had handled the ball before Harry Kane netted what would have been a Spurs equaliser.
Speaking to Goal.com, Bergwijn said: “In my opinion, it is a goal, [Lucas] can’t put his hands anywhere.
“They also pushed him in the back, so there are two things wrong.
“I don’t understand [why a free-kick wasn’t given afterwards], maybe it is because we played through but I think he has to give the goal.
“Where is he supposed to put his hands? It is a goal in my opinion.”
Jose Mourinho said after the game that the Spurs players struggled to cope mentally after the goal was disallowed (Football.London).
However, Bergwijn disagreed with his manager’s assessment and claimed that the players were prepared to keep going after the disallowed goal.
The former PSV Eindhoven man also insisted that the Lilywhites will look to put Thursday’s result out of their minds and focus on winning the final six games of the season.
He added: “No, I don’t think like this [that team was not able to recover mentally from the disallowed goal].
“It is mixed feelings, but I don’t think it affected the players.
“When you concede a goal and equalise so quickly it is a good feeling, but it is disallowed, it’s really mixed feelings.
“We have to look game to game and we will see. We have to win every game.
“We have to forget this game now and look forward. Yeah, it was a bad result today, but we have to go on.”
Spurs Web Opinion
It is hard to see us getting into the Champions League even if we were to win all six games that we have left this season. I believe most Spurs fans would prefer to miss out on European football altogether than qualify for the Europa League. Performances are thus more important than results in the six games we have left. Fans will be hoping to see signs that Jose is putting a team together that will challenge near the top of the table next season.
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