Hackett salutes Tierney for 'superb' thing he did at Tottenham v Chelsea
Keith Hackett has hailed Paul Tierney’s contribution to an entertaining clash between Tottenham and Chelsea at the weekend.
The former Premier League referee, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claims Tierney was “outstanding” amid a “dodgy” weekend for officials.
Chelsea cruised to a 3-0 win over Tottenham during Sunday’s London derby.
Despite there being 19 fouls in the game, with 15 of them being Chelsea’s, there was only one yellow card handed out.
This was in the late stages of the game as Timo Werner flew into a tackle and got nowhere near the ball, giving Tierney an easy decision.
A local derby can be a feisty affair and Hackett has hailed both sets of players for their behaviour and willingness to listen to the referee.
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“This is right to say,” Hackett told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams.
“I thought Paul Tierney had a superb performance in the Tottenham v Chelsea game.
“It was a good game to watch and the referee contributed to that. In the most low-key, efficient approach to the game.
“He had a top-class game. It was a derby and the players behaved well, they accepted his decisions.
“He showed the players respect, his body language was neutral and he was clearly explaining things when he needed to.
“It had been a dodgy weekend for refereeing apart but I thought Tierney was outstanding.”
Chelsea drew level with Liverpool and Manchester United at the top of the table after picking up the three points.
Meanwhile, Tottenham sit seventh after their second 3-0 defeat in as many games.