‘Bottle jobs’ – Sky presenter defends her comments about Tottenham after West Ham defeat
By Amir Mir
Sky Sports presenter Rachel Riley has defended her comments about calling Tottenham “bottle jobs” after their 1-0 defeat at West Ham on Friday night.
The 31-year-old can be seen on viewers TV screens presenting Friday Night Football alongside Jeff Stelling on Sky Sports.
Riley was clear that she didn’t call Spurs “bottle jobs” was but did feel their narrow loss at the London Stadium was a “test of nerve” in their bid to win the Premier League title.
Mauricio Pochettino’s team had the opportunity to close the gap on leaders Chelsea to just one point, but they produced an under par performance.
This is what Manchester United fan and Sky presenter Riley had to say after the Hammers had damaged Spurs’ title hopes.
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“For the record, I didn’t say Spurs are bottle jobs,” Riley wrote on her personal Twitter account. “But tonight’s game was a test of nerve. West Ham hadn’t beaten any of the top six in the Premier League this season.”
For the record I didn’t say Spurs are bottle jobs but tonight’s game was a test of nerve. WH hadn’t beaten any of the top 6 in the PL 1/3
— Rachel Riley (@RachelRileyRR) May 5, 2017
Manuel Lanzini scored the only goal of the game midway through the second-half when he fired home a loose ball from inside the penalty area.
The Argentine was left unmarked as the under-fire Slaven Bilic went on to guide his team to a much-needed three points.
This time last season when Tottenham were chasing eventual winners Leicester City for the title, they suffered costly defeats in their final few games to hand the Foxes the title.
They will be hoping to avoid those same mistakes as Chelsea could be crowned champions by the time Pochettino’s team play their next match.
Manchester United will visit White Hart Lane on May 14, with the league leaders playing Middlesbrough and West Brom during that time.