Harry Kane didn’t cheat to win a penalty for Tottenham in opposition to Aston Villa, insists former Spurs participant and supervisor Tim Sherwood.
Jose Mourinho’s males returned to profitable methods with a quite uneventful 2-Zero victory at Villa Park – with Kane’s spot-kick the principle speaking level afterwards.
Matty Money was adjudged to have fouled Kane within the field, sliding within the block a cross and catching the England captain.
Nonetheless, it appeared the Spurs striker, who was chasing a misplaced trigger out of play, engineered the contact by ensuring he was on the tip of Money’s problem.
Sky Sports activities commentator Gary Neville obtained criticism in some quarters for describing the obvious gamesmanship as ‘cute’, when others thought of it blatant diving.
Sherwood, although, went a step additional than Neville and praised Kane for his cleverness to win the penalty, arguing there was nothing unfair about it.
He instructed talkSPORT: “Intelligent play, that’s. He’s purchased the contact. He’s waited for him. We’ve seen him do it earlier on within the season, with Adam Lallana when he bumped into the again of him.
“He was him, checking that he’s coming, ensuring he’s staying within the penalty space.
“He initiates the contact. There’s contact and he’s entitled to go down. It’s not dishonest. It’s very, very intelligent play.
“Matty Money slides in to dam the cross and Harry leans in and protects the ball, so he says, ‘If you wish to win this, you’ve bought to return by means of me’. And he takes him out.
“It’s a penalty and when he put it on the spot – did anybody assume he was going to overlook?”
Kane was concerned in each targets as Spurs put a dreadful week behind them, shifting on from their abysmal defeat to Arsenal and stunning Europa League exit to Dinamo Zagreb.
Whereas Tottenham are at the moment languishing in sixth place, Mourinho can but salvage a constructive season, with Tottenham simply three factors off Chelsea in fourth and going through Manchester City within the Carabao Cup ultimate subsequent month.
The percentages are stacked in opposition to them, however Sherwood insists they will qualify for the Champions League and land some silverware – if Kane stays match.
“Harry Kane is world class,” Sherwood added. “They’ve been lucky to solely miss him for 2 video games this yr.
“The 2 video games had been Brighton and Chelsea they usually misplaced 1-Zero in each. You can not win with out Harry Kane.
“If he stays match, they’ve bought each probability of ending within the prime 4 and, we all know it’s going to be tough, however profitable the Carabao Cup.”