By Harvey Byrne
Former Premier League referee Dermot Gallagher believes current official Anthony Taylor made the correct decision to keep his cards pocketed when Hugo Lloris clattered into Manuel Lanzini on Friday evening.
Tottenham made their first trip to West Ham’s new London Stadium on Friday with attacker Lanzini scoring the deciding goal in the 1-0 Hammers win.
However, the fixture was not without a contentious moment for the officials and many West Ham fans felt aggrieved that their side weren’t awarded anything when Lloris cleared the ball from outside his area while taking Lanzini with him in the process.
But, ex-referee Gallagher believes Taylor made the right call to allow play to go on and has explained that Lloris played the ball, while Lanzini was not yet active with his legs planted.
“He [Lloris] definitely plays the ball with his leg, while Lanzini has not played the ball, and one foot is planted – he is upright when he makes the challenge with his legs planted,” told Gallagher on Monday morning’s Premier League Daily show, as quoted by the Sky Sports website.
The defeat for Tottenham has meant that they now sit four points behind Chelsea, who could take a seven point lead if they manage to defeat Middlesbrough at Stamford Bridge on Monday evening.
With three matches of the season left a seven-point gap could effectively put an end to Spurs’ title hopes, but the club will be buoyed by the fact they already now they will be competing in the Champions League next season.
In other Tottenham news, Gary Neville has praised Mauricio Pochettino for his work done at Spurs.