Roy Keane could not believe Tottenham Hotspur’s claims for a penalty during their 0-0 draw with Bournemouth were waved away, during Sky Sports’ coverage of the clash at the Vitality Stadium.
Spurs were nullified by a hard-working Bournemouth which affects both ends of the table. It sees Bournemouth climb to 18th and just three from safety, while Spurs have missed out on two crucial points in the race for Europe.
But early on in the first half, replays showed England captain Kane was clearly barged over by former Manchester United ace Josh King from a corner – when the ball looked as though it was about to drop onto Kane’s head.
Keane stated that he was “amazed” Spurs were not awarded the chance to score from 12 yards following the incident, which was checked by VAR but stayed with the original decision of no penalty.
“I think so,” Keane said, when asked if Spurs should have had a penalty. “Anywhere else on the pitch, it is a foul. King has been caught the wrong side, typical striker not concentrating properly.
“Lovely bit of movement from Kane and it is about to come on to his head. I can see why Mourinho is disappointed, I think that’s a penalty. You don’t need to look at it 20 times, to me there is no doubt – I am amazed at that decision.”
TBR’s view – Spurs unlucky, but still a very poor display
Yes, having a penalty that early in the match and scoring would have changed the game completely. It may have seen Bournemouth come out more to find an equaliser – leaving gaps in behind.
But the fact of the matter is that Spurs did not register a shot on target against Bournemouth, who shipped four goals against Newcastle recently. Simply not good enough from Mourinho’s men – despite the penalty claim.