Harry Kane’s first goal for Tottenham in the 4-3 win over Leeds United on Saturday should have been ruled out for a “blatant foul”, according to Tim Sherwood.
Crysencio Summerville had scored once again to put the Whites up early in the capital, before the England captain equalised at a corner after it appeared Illan Meslier had been impeded by Clement Lenglet as the ball came in.
It was the first of three equalisers from Spurs, as two superb Rodrigo goals were cancelled out, and poor defending ultimately allowed the home side to fight back and edge it late on, but both Sherwood and Jeff Stelling seemed certain Kane’s goal was created by a foul.
Speaking live on Sky Sports Soccer Saturday during the game, in a clip posted to Twitter, Stelling asked: “Tim Sherwood said if there’s any justice then Spurs’ goal, the equaliser, would not stand. Is there any justice Tim?”
Sherwood replied: “No, 1-1, brilliant! Harry Kane. Listen, they’ve knocked it down, it’s a blatant foul Jeff, all the boys have seen it.
“He just jumps into him [Meslier], he knocks it down, can’t do anything other than that and it’s a wonderful finish from Kane, 1-1.”
Stelling added: “Certainly looked like a foul on the goalkeeper, there’s no doubt about that.”
The Leeds United defence did themselves no favours as Jesse Marsch’s side once again produced a strong performance in a game against one of the Premier League’s big six.
In attack they looked to have done enough to secure a draw as a minimum, and easily could have taken all three points.
They would have had that draw if it wasn’t for the decision to allow Kane’s first, which incensed the visiting players at the time.
Who knows how the game would have gone if Spurs, coming into the game in uneven form, had struggled to find a response for a longer period, as their fans would have become increasingly frustrated.
As it was they were handed a way back into the game in unjust fashion, and ultimately mistakes at the back for United let the home side in too many times.
After dramatic wins in the previous two matches it was disappointing to come away from north London with nothing, as the level of incident didn’t drop, but the outcome was reversed.
Travelling fans will be making their way back to West Yorkshire feeling very frustrated by the first equaliser, as well as the result, despite excellent showings in attack from the likes of Rodrigo and Summerville.
In other Leeds United news, the ratings from the game showed how some players performed strongly, but others let them down.