Tim Sherwood and Steve McManaman have told Optus Sport’s coverage of Tottenham Hotspur’s 2-1 win over Southampton that it was the right decision to award Spurs a penalty late on – which Son Heung-min duly dispatched.
Southampton took the lead after a brilliant double save from Hugo Lloris saw the Saints score from the resulting corner, as James Ward-Prowse’s cross was headed in with precision by Danny Ings. But Spurs improved.
Gareth Bale got the equaliser when a loose ball fell into the Welshman and he delicately picked out the top corner, scoring the first goal for Spurs since the sacking of Jose Mourinho. Son Heung-min then scored, but it was ruled out.
Spurs finally mad the breakthrough when Moussa Djenepo dived in on Sergio Reguilon and Son found the back of the net for the second time – though this one counted. McManaman and Sherwood discussed the penalty decision.
Sherwood: “It’s a penalty – correct decision. It’s rash. Djenepo has come on as a substitute, he goes to block it and Reguilon does well. It’s a penalty, and when Son steps up – he is never going to miss it. On the line is a penalty.
“McManaman continued: “It’s an awful challenge. 88th minute, he’s getting blocked off by Bergwijn and he throws a challenge in like that. Tottenham were excellent in the second half, Southampton were poor.”
TBR’s view – Harsh on Djenepo, but he runs the risk
Diving in like that in and around the penalty area is always going to see the officials – and VAR – ask the question. Djenepo, still raw having come on as a sub, catches Reguilon and the Spaniard does make a meal of it.
But it is a foul anywhere else on the pitch and therefore has to a penalty. A harsh one, a soft one, but the right one. On the balance of play, it was fair – Spurs deserved to win and were unlucky to have Son’s first effort ruled out.