Twitter Reacts as Tottenham Waste (Another) Lead to Extend Utterly Dreadful Away Day Record

​Tottenham threw away a one-goal lead on the road to Leicester City to extend their winless run away from home, with Ricardo Pereira and James Maddison completing a stunning comeback after Harry Kane’s opener.

It didn’t take long for the drama to unfold at King Power Stadium as the Video Assistant Referee took centre stage to rule out an opening goal, penalising an offside Ayoze Pérez before Wilfred Ndidi bundled the ball over the line.

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If a disallowed goal wasn’t bad enough for Leicester City fans, Moussa Sissoko then escaped with just a yellow card after a two-footed tackle on Maddison.

The initial decision hardly went down like a treat, but it was the Video Assistant Referee’s decision not to get involved which proved to be the most frustrating for the home fans.


The only thing that could have made things worse for Leicester City would be conceding a goal against the run of play.

So, step forward Harry Kane.

Despite being shoved off-balance by Çağlar Söyüncü, the England captain impressively found a way to score the opening goal of the game, finding the back of the net against Leicester City for the 14th time in his senior career.



After seeing a goal ruled out in the first half for offside, the VAR gods changed sides at half-time and this time chalked off a strike by Tottenham’s Serge Aurier.

While Pérez’s strike was fairly straightforward, Son Heung-min was penalised for being little more than a few millimetres beyond the last defender.

It might be worth telling Football Twitter that the ‘clear and obvious’ rule only comes into play for objective decision – which offside self evidently is not.



​​If those verified Twitter folks are getting it wrong, then what chance do the rest of us have?

Back to the game and Aurier’s disallowed goal gave Leicester City the boost they needed to grab a deserved equaliser, coming courtesy of right-back Ricardo Pereira who raced onto the end of a square pass from Jamie Vardy.



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It was a goal which spurred Leicester City on even more, with the Foxes eventually going on to grab a late winner through James Maddison.

The England international was given too much time on the edge of the penalty area and was allowed to fire a long-range effort at goal, catching Paulo Gazzaniga off guard to snatch all three points in the last few minutes of the match.

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​​All in all, another day of Premier League misery for Spurs – and the extension of a truly horrific away record that we will speak of no more.

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Leicester 2-1 Tottenham: Report, Ratings & Reaction as Maddison Stunner Completes Thrilling Comeback

​Tottenham threw away a one-goal lead against Leicester City to extend their eight-month wait for a win away from home in the Premier League, as goals from Ricardo Pereira and James Maddison secured a deserved win for Brendan Rodgers’ side.

It was a fast-paced start to the game at King Power Stadium and the hosts edged the number of chances that were created in the opening 15 minutes, with Leicester even seeing a goal from Wilfred Ndidi ruled out for offside.

Home fans firmly had a bee in their bonnet over the refereeing when Moussa Sissoko luckily escaped with just a yellow card after a two-footed tackle, and things went from bad to worse when Harry Kane brilliantly found a way past Kasper Schmeichel despite being off-balance. 

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Paulo Gazzaniga denied Leicester City’s big-game player Jamie Vardy shortly after the half-time, while Tottenham were then denied a second goal after the Video Assistant Referee’s intervention – penalising Son Heung-min for being, at worst, a few millimetres offside.

That gave Leicester the boost they needed to get a deserved equaliser through Ricardo Pereira, but it was their star midfielder James Maddison who completed the comeback with a powerful long-range effort with just five minutes left on the clock.


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Key Talking Point

After seeing an early goal ruled out for offside, Tottenham’s Sissoko escape a possible red card and most decisions go in favour of the visitors, the positive atmosphere during the pre-match build-up turned into a hostile one – something which often proves to be a make or break situation for the hosts.

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Harry Kane’s opening goal only made things worse and the atmosphere that was Leicester City’s driving force during the early stages of the match started to work against them.

The atmosphere seemed to flip, however, when Serge Aurier’s strike was chalked off for a tight offside earlier in the move, something that gave the hosts the boost they needed to claw their way back into the match.

From then on, the home side were buoyant and after drawing level through Ricardo Pereira, the roof came off the King Power when Maddison rifled home.


Player Ratings

Starting XI: Schmeichel (7); Pereira (8), Evans (7), Soyuncu (8), Chillwell (7); Ndidi (7), Perez (7), Tielemans (7), Maddison (9*), Barnes (7); Vardy (7).

Substitutes: Praet (7), Gray (6), Choudhury (6).


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He not only made an impact on the final result, but playmaker James Maddison once again made an impression against one of the biggest sides in the league with a stunning performance on Saturday.

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The 22-year-old was unplayable at times at King Power Stadium, picking out inch-perfect passes and gliding through Tottenham’s defence with ease.

It was always going to be a big ask for Leicester City given their recent record against Mauricio Pochettino’s side, but Maddison was the catalyst which ensured the hosts completed a stunning comeback against last season’s Champions League finalists.


Tottenham Hotspur

Key Talking Point

A piece of individual class from Harry Kane wasn’t enough to get over the line against Leicester City, as defensively frail Tottenham highlighted exactly why they’ve been unable to pick up back-to-back wins in the Premier League for the first time since April.

James Maddison, Harvey Barnes and even Ayoze Pérez enjoyed too much freedom in the final third and caused the visitors all sorts of problems, only lacking with their final pass to Jamie Vardy from crucial positions.

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Although Tottenham’s attacking players largely got the job done in the East Midlands, Mauricio Pochettino will demand that his side improve at the back if they want any chance of replicating their third-place finish last season.


Player Ratings

Starting XI: Gazzaniga (6); Aurier (6), Alderweireld (7), Vertonghen (6), Rose (6); Ndombele (7), Sissoko (6), Winks (7), Lamela (7); Kane (8), Son (7).

Substitutes: Eriksen (7), Wanyama (6), Moura (6).


Star Man

No prizes for guessing this one, as Tottenham once again needed star striker Harry Kane to give them even a glimmer of a chance of getting a result at the King Power Stadium.

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Kane’s improvised opener ultimately proved to be worthless in the grand scheme of things – other than improving his personal record against the Foxes – but the England international highlighted once again why he’s vital to turning Tottenham’s fortunes around this season.


Looking Ahead

Both sides will now break for Carabao Cup action in midweek, with Leicester City travelling to Luton Town, while Tottenham are also on the road to vColchester United.

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6 Times English Clubs Went Above and Beyond (the Rules) to Gain an Advantage Off the Pitch

This beautiful game has been blessed with the mesmeric talents of players such as Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. But with the light must come the dark, and it’s also had its fair share of scandals to accompany it.

Whether it be tampering or spying, it’s fair to say there have been a fair few immoral measures taken by clubs and individuals alike. 

And following this weekend’s news that Liverpool paid £1m in a settlement with Manchester City after being accused of breaking into their scouting network, this feels like just the right time to delve into some of the more bizarre cases in the English game.


Leeds United (2019)

Ah, Spygate!

In January 2019, Marcelo Bielsa sent a member of his staff to Derby County’s training ground ahead of an upcoming clash between the two in the Championship.

Bielsa has a bit of a history for this sort of thing and the Argentine confirmed that he did indeed send a member to go and watch their next opponents. As a result of his wrongdoing, Leeds United were hit with a £200,000 fine.

Yikes, Marcelo. 

Oh, and the then Derby manager Frank Lampard didn’t take to this very well…


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The Women’s World Cup saw England in with a chance of going all the way. This, of course, didn’t happen – with the Lionesses eventually being knocked out by the United States in the semi-finals. 

However, there was bags of drama in the build up to the match – notably when two members of the USA staffing team were spotted walking through a private area of England’s hotel. The team immediately denied any spying or wrongdoing, but the controversy was there nonetheless. 

The following day, a man was spotted in the bushes above England’s training facilities. Security chased him but appeared unable to get to him. 

Coincidence? We’ll leave it up to you on that one.  


Liverpool (2013)

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Liverpool and ​Manchester City have formed a fierce rivalry with one another over the past few seasons, with the two battling it out for the major honours. 

The pair are set to face off against each other in the Premier League on 10th November and it appears as though there will be another layer of tension and rivalry for the upcoming contest, following the recent news.

The scandal involved three former Manchester City employees who went on to join Liverpool’s scouting network, including the club’s current sporting director Michael Edwards. It was believed that the Reds accessed their rivals’ Scout7 database on ‘hundreds of occasions’ – with ​Liverpool ending up paying £1m in settlement.

You can check out the full story here. 


Chelsea (2005)


…Well if Lampard wasn’t happy about Bielsa’s actions against his old Derby side, then he won’t be a fan of this. 

Andre Villas Boas confirmed in 2011 that he had set up an Opponent Observation Department when working under Jose Mourinho with the Blues. He claimed that he would go out as a scout and visit other training grounds – and said that his work would allow Mourinho to know when an opposition player was at their strongest and weakest. 


Huddersfield Town (2004)

Following the infamous ‘spygate’ incident, footballers began to share their stories. Former Blackpool hero Gary Taylor-Fletcher was one of them who provided an interesting insight into one half-time team talk that was unexpectedly interrupted when he was playing for Lincoln City against Huddersfield in a Division Three play-off semi-final. 

Huddersfield’s kitman was up in the celling before one of the tiles cracked and fell under his weight and he tried to make a quick escape. Taylor-Fletcher later revealed that they didn’t report it ‘because there was not really as big a media coverage back then.’

Nice try, Brooky.  


Sheffield United (2001)

Neil Warnock

The enigmatic Neil Warnock is the centre of this one. Then-Burnley manager Stan Ternent accused Warnock of sending someone to listen in to a team-talk – in a match which ​Sheffield United won 2-0 to leave Burnley unable to reach the play-offs. 

Warnock vehemently denied any wrongdoing and even encouraged Ternent to report him. Whether it was all handbags or if there was truth to it, it’s clear the pair didn’t see eye-to-eye. 


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Chris Smalling Reveals He Has Not Given Up Hope of Reviving England Career

Chris Smalling has revealed his disappointment at not featuring in Gareth Southgate’s England plans, but insists he is not yet resigned to his international career being over.

The on-loan Roma defender last played for his country during England’s 2-2 draw with Scotland in the summer of 2017. But he was omitted from the squad the following November, with Southgate saying in no uncertain terms that Smalling lacked the on the ball ability of John Stones and Harry Maguire, making it more difficult for him to slot into England’s building from the back philosophy.

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The former Fulham man had previously been an England regular, playing in every fixture at Euro 2016 and earning 31 caps since his debut in 2011.

Now, in an interview with the ​Telegraph, Smalling spoke about the no frills manner in which Southgate dropped him from the England squad, despite playing week in week out at Old Trafford. 

“I am disappointed. I was used to going to England,” Smalling began. ” I was playing regularly for United up to when I left. The aspiration is always there. Ultimately it is down to the manager’s choice.

“What was said was maybe unfair at times and managers [who have selected me] at United are some of the world-class ones. I feel even the managers who have been brought in at United have certain ways of playing and some of them are quite similar to Gareth.

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“I guess football is a game of opinions. I am definitely not going to agree with him and he might not agree with some of the things that I would say back. Ultimately I would never close that door and hopefully work my way in at some point. It is looking slim under Gareth but never say never.”

Smalling was effectively replaced by Maguire for the second time in two years this summer, as ​Manchester United broke the bank this summer to secure the former Leicester man’s services for £80m. 

Seeking guaranteed game time and a brand new footballing education, Smalling made the ​season long switch to Roma at the end of the transfer window – and he insists that it is an opportunity that excited him.

“If I had stayed I would have taken on that challenge and I would have been very confident that I would have played the number of games that I was worthy of. Equally I have a challenge here at Roma.

“This is the perfect opportunity to try and live in a different culture. In that respect it is like a total change, although football is still the same football.”


Smalling’s Roma debut has been delayed due to a groin strain, and it is touch and go as to whether he will make his first appearance against Bologna on Sunday. 

British players have famously experienced mixed fortunes when playing abroad. It will be interesting to see how Smalling fares, and whether his performances in Rome can alter international boss Gareth Southgate’s stance.

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Stan Kroenke ‘Played Big Role’ in Arsenal’s Summer Transfer Window Spending Spree

​Arsenal fans were left delighted – and stunned – by the business the club did during the summer transfer window, and incredibly, new claims suggest a lot of it was down to owner Stan Kroenke.

The American businessman has been on the receiving end of a lot of criticism from Gunners fans, but according to insiders, he invested a large sum of his own money into the club to help with their summer splurge.

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The Mirror report that Kroenke’s change of heart could have been due to him buying out the remaining 30% of the club’s shares – which was held by Alisher Usmanov. Now being the sole owner of Arsenal, Kroenke may have been more willing to invest his own money into the club, as no one else would be profiting from any financial success. 

Kroenke’s son Josh, who always has shown a keen interest in Arsenal and had a large input into previous big name signings, was asked about the new approach seen during the summer. He told fans at the time to ‘read between the lines’, which does suggest that the total takeover is indeed the reason behind the aggressive transfer mindset.

72-year-old Stan has always been a divisive figure among Arsenal fans, with supporters often displaying banners showing their discontent, as well as organising marches and protests against his ownership.

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He spends little time in England, with his Kroenke Sports & Entertainment company owning controlling shares in Arsenal, NFL’s Los Angeles Rams, NBA heavyweights Denver Nuggets, Colorado Avalanche of the NHL and Colorado Rapids in MLS.

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