Were Tottenham robbed?! Southampton goalkeeper Fraser Forster gets away with a huge error as he drops the ball and kicks it into his net – before a Matt Doherty ‘foul’ saved him, with no VAR intervention
Tottenham appeared to be robbed of a Premier League win at Southampton after having two goals controversially ruled out in their draw at St Mary’s.
Spurs had already come from behind in the first half after James Ward-Prowse fired the hosts in front, only for Mohammed Salisu to be sent off for a second bookable offence and concede a penalty six minutes before the break – one converted by Harry Kane.
Up against 10 men, Spurs were on the chase for a winning goal in the second half and looked to have grabbed their winner in the 67th minute when Fraser Forster clumsily dropped the ball into his own goal.
Matt Doherty (centre left) appeared to do little wrong contending a high ball into the box
Matt Doherty appeared to do little else other than stand his ground in battle with the Saints keeper who made a mess of a high looped in cross from Harry Winks and fumbled the the ball into his own net.
With a foul already given by the referee however, VAR was unable to look at the incident again, which could have been overturned in Spurs’ favour.
Former Premier League referee Mark Clattenburg said: ‘For me it looks like a coming together of two players. Once Anthony Taylor gives it VAR is not going to interfere but however, I don’t see what Doherty does wrong.
‘Fraser Foster comes into him and I think he drops it. For me, it could have easily been given as a goal but once Anthony gives it, VAR is not going to interfere.’
Spurs had also found the net earlier in the second half through Kane, who had seemed to net his second goal of the match eight minutes after the break.
However, the striker was controversially flagged offside, even though replays appeared to suggest only his arm was beyond the defensive line – making him onside.
Despite their domination, Spurs could not make the most of the extra man in the second half and will have left the south coast fuming at not having taken the full three points.