By Richard Parks
Tottenham fans took to Twitter to lay into Moussa Sissoko for his performance in their team’s 6-1 FA Cup annihilation of Rochdale on Wednesday night.
A Spurs team featuring nine changes to the starting line-up survived a scare against the League One club in a fifth-round replay littered with video assistant referee (VAR) controversies.
Amid persistent snow at Wembley, Fernando Llorente scored a 12-minute hat-trick early in the second half after Rochdale’s Stephen Humphrys had cancelled out Son Heung-min’s opener.
Son added the fifth and substitute Kyle Walker-Peters the sixth yet it was not just a number of incidents involving VAR that frustrated the home supporters.
A section of them were also unhappy with the performance of midfielder Sissoko, who was used in the centre alongside Harry Winks as Mauricio Pochettino rotated his players ahead of key Premier League and Champions League fixtures.
The France international, 28, played the full 90 minutes of the clash but his contribution was widely derided, with fans offering some choice comments on social media, including the hope they could use VAR for the moment chairman Daniel Levy sanctioned signing him for £30million.
Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
— Fine, sadly back in the office again, Whines???? (@john_hammond_) February 28, 2018
Is ‘Poor Pass From Sissoko’ his full name? #COYS
— D????e Banks (@Dante_Banks) February 28, 2018
— Gary Ralph (@Gralphy101) February 28, 2018
— Dean. (@DeanFaccini) February 28, 2018
— tiola (@kevt2016) February 28, 2018
Winks and Sissoko have been shocking tonight. #COYS
— Callum (@BCTHEGRANDSLAM) February 28, 2018
— Eazy_T (@EazyT_2372) February 28, 2018
— Paul Naudo (@NaudoPaul) February 28, 2018
I’d be subbing Sissoko for a snowman. #COYS
— Rusty (@Rusty123B) February 28, 2018
— yidney (@craigcollishaw3) February 28, 2018
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