By Will Butcher
Dermot Gallagher is convinced that referee Andre Marriner made the two correct Tottenham penalty calls in their win over Southampton on Sunday.
Dele Alli won and then converted a spot-kick for Spurs but the visitors were denied a penalty of their own when Ben Davies’ left footed-swipe made contact with Dusan Tadic.
Davies, 23, looked to clear the ball but instead made contact with Serbia international Tadic, who stole the ball away from the Wales international in the penalty area.
However, Gallagher believes that Tadic’s theatrical reaction was an unnatural way of going to ground, which ultimately made up Marriner’s mind.
Although ex-Premier League referee Gallagher claimed the incident was similar to the penalty awarded to Tottenham after Steven Davis felled Dele Alli, Gallagher agreed with Marriner.
“The player’s [Tadic] reaction gives it away,” Smith told Sky Sports News’ Premier League Daily Show on Monday morning. “I can’t see any reason why a referee would give a penalty if someone goes down like that, as Tadic did.
“It’s very similar to Dele Alli’s, but the way he’s gone down would have convinced the referee that is wasn’t a natural way of going down.”
Spurs held on to their 17th league win of the season against Claude Puel’s side, despite a late onslaught from the Saints.
Christian Eriksen and Alli gave the home side a 2-0 lead in the first half at White Hart Lane, but James Ward-Prowse’s early goal in the second half put Spurs’ lead under threat.
However, Mauricio Pochettino’s defensive rearguard kept Southampton out, allowing Spurs to gain all three points and close the gap between themselves and Chelsea to 10 points.
Spurs are next in action in just under a fortnight as the international break takes priority over the next two weeks, as they travel to Lancashire to face Burnley on April 1.
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