BBC pundit tears into Matt Doherty after dive in Tottenham draw
Dion Dublin has torn into Matt Doherty over his dive during Tottenham Hotspur’s draw with Brentford on Boxing Day, telling Match of the Day (broadcast on BBC One; 26/12; 23:29) that it was embarrassing from the right wing-back.
Spurs, once again, had to come from behind to take something from their game against Thomas Frank’s side. Antonio Conte’s men went behind for the ninth game running.
In fact, Tottenham were 2-0 down during the second-half at the Gtech Community Stadium. But they managed to fight their way back into the contest, with Harry Kane and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg both scoring.
Doherty criticised for embarrassing dive
It was a superb comeback. However, Tottenham did not completely cover themselves in glory – with Doherty coming in for criticism after one incident.
The Republic of Ireland international went down inside the penalty area after a challenge from Mathias Jorgensen. Doherty certainly threw himself to the ground theatrically. And it was little surprise that Jorgensen was not happy with the former Wolves man.
Dublin was extremely critical of Doherty’s actions.
“This is comical. Doherty here and Jorgensen. Doherty’s actually trying to get by him on his left shoulder. And as you can see, Jorgensen has what I call a little bit of a fish. There’s no contact. And the dive’s embarrassing,” he told Match of the Day.
It must be noted that the Match of the Day team were even more critical of Bryan Mbeumo for a terrible dive later in the game. The Brentford forward went to ground as Fraser Forster slid towards him.
It looked terrible from the television cameras. And the immediate reaction from the players suggested that Spurs had nothing to worry about when it came to whether a penalty would be awarded.
Replays subsequently showed that it was even worse than it appeared initially.
That obviously does not excuse Doherty. But it is fair to say that Mbeumo spared a lot of the defender’s blushes later on.
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