BT Sport pundit stunned by 'crazy' Tottenham bonus against Leeds United
Tony Dorigo was left in disbelief that Harry Kane’s goal for Tottenham was allowed to stand, and then again at how Leeds United responded.
The England captain scored Spurs’ first equaliser in the latest dramatic Whites game on Saturday (12 November), slamming home with Illan Meslier taken out of the game after being bundled into his own net at a first-half corner.
United went on to take the lead twice more before succumbing 4-3 and BT Sport pundit Dorigo was stunned by what he saw, but has had enough of wild Leeds United matches after three memorable ones in a row.
In his Wednesday Yorkshire Evening Post column he said: “I get so entertained watching Leeds these days. And I don’t want to be. I don’t want to be the first on Match Of The Day again and can we stop that because it’s crazy.
“The way we kept responding at Tottenham was wonderful and the goal that Harry Kane scored was just crazy. I can’t believe that was given.
“From every single that we saw when I was commentating it’s clear that Clement Lenglet just jumps into Illan Meslier and is pushing him backwards. How that was given I don’t know.
“Yet the boys still come back and they come back again and again but unfortunately I just felt in the last 15-20 minutes that there was a kind of inevitability about things.”
It seems virtually everyone thought that the Lenglet fouled Meslier except the officials at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, in the latest example of VAR being rendered useless by a video assistant’s reluctance to override the on-pitch referee.
It is difficult to be confident that the Whites would have got points from the game had Kane’s goal not been allowed to stand because the defence offered so little resistance to the likes of Dejan Kulusevski, with Pascal Struijk overloaded on the left and his central teammates operating an open door policy.
But given that Crysencio Summerville had dampened the home crowd with his early opener, and Rodrigo managed to add two fantastic strikes of his own, there was every chance the attack could have built a bigger lead.
We will never know how the Spurs crowd would have reacted if they had seen their side go two or three goals down but it is certainly a source of frustration that their route back into the game was so fortunate.
However, the drama that Dorigo has had enough of owes as much to the deficiencies at the back as it does to the valiant efforts up front.
Conceding seven goals in two games is usually grounds for a pair of heavy defeats, so for the club to come out of it with a win over Bournemouth and a frustrating defeat by the odd goal is exceptional.
If Jesse Marsch can somehow address the defence, either tactically or in the January transfer window, then United might end up further down the Match of the Day line-up, but it could result in some welcome comfortable wins.
In other Leeds United news, certain Whites players were accused of making unfair “demands” of their teammates in the Tottenham loss.