Tottenham Hotspur star Andros Townsend admits ‘nerves’ while taking penalty v Chelsea

Tottenham Hotspur winger Andros Townsend talks about his penalty against Chelsea in the Premier League on Thursday.

Tottenham Hotspur winger Andros Townsend has been speaking about his goal against Chelsea on Thursday.

The England international scored Spurs’ third goal of the Premier League clash at White Hart Lane on New Year’s Day.

It was a penalty and it came in first-half injury time to put Tottenham 3-1 ahead. The hosts went on to win the clash 5-3, and it was that strike that proved to be key.

Speaking about the goal, Townsend told Tottenham’s official website: “There were a few nerves.

“I knew that the goalkeeper would know which side I was going to go so it was all about making sure I put enough power on it to make sure it went past him and thankfully that was the case.

"The shot had too much power for him and went in. I just wanted to make sure I got enough power on my strike so that even if he read it the power would take it in.”

Townsend’s goal was crucial because it saw Tottenham take a two-goal lead and gave them the psychological edge for the second half.

It may have looked easy, but beating Thibaut Courtois is far from easy and 23-year-old Townsend should be given credit for his feat.

Victory over Chelsea saw Tottenham move up to fifth in the Premier League table with 34 points from 20 matches, just two points behind fourth-placed Southampton.

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