Jermaine Jenas said that Tottenham’s 1-0 win over Crystal Palace on Sunday was “one of the most frustrating games of football I think I’ve watched in a long time” and put most of the blame on right-back Serge Aurier.
Spurs looked like they were going to drop two points in a game they really should have won, with the normally dependable Harry Kane missing a number of easy chances.
However, he came up with the goods at the death, with a header that somehow found its way past Wayne Hennessy in the Palace goal.
It’s another three points but the performance was suspect and Jenas thinks that manager Mauricio Pochettino has to look at his right-back.
“I think spurs were so wasteful and sloppy in the final third and a lot of it came down the right-hand side,” Jenas said on Match of the Day 2 (BBC2, 25/02, 10.30pm).
“Serge Aurier was the guilty party. The amount of time Spurs got good numbers into the box… just try and beat that first man and too often he kept hitting that first man.
“He had time on the ball… it was easy for Palace because of the lack of quality coming into the box.
“This was almost like a running theme and then he topped off a poor performance with one of the misses of the season.”
Jenas is referring to the late chance that fell Aurier’s way after a great cross was fizzed across the goal by Ben Davies.
With an empty net to aim at, Aurier got it all wrong and seemed to tread on the ball.
The £22.5m summer signing from Paris Saint-Germain also made three foul throws in the game – a Premier League record that let to Pochettino joking afterwards that he must be trying to get the manager sacked it looked so bad.
The three points mean that Tottenham stay in the Champions League spots, two points ahead of Chelsea in fifth and 10 points ahead of Arsenal in sixth.
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