Garth Crooks laments Federico Fazio’s ‘unforgivable’ Tottenham mistake

The Argentine defender was at fault for Aston Villa’s goal yesterday and has received criticism from the ex-Spurs man.

Tottenham slumped to a 1-0 home defeat to Aston Villa yesterday, with Christian Benteke’s first-half goal enough to hand the visitors a much-needed three points.

The hosts’ chances of finishing in the top four are now dead in the water, with early season promise being replaced by familiar disappointment for the White Hart Lane faithful.

Tim Sherwood left North London with a smile on his face after recording victory against his former employers, with Benteke’s hot streak in front of goal continuing.

Federico Fazio did not cover himself in glory for the game’s only goal, allowing the Belgian to score the decisive strike past Michel Vorm.

The Argentine defender was criticised by former Spurs man and BBC pundit Garth Crooks, with accusations that the centre-half should have been braver.

“Federico Fazio just half turns his back,” Crooks said on BBC’s Final Score.

“If you clash heads, you clash heads. You have to attack the ball. He doesn’t want to get hurt. It’s unforgivable for a defender to do that.”

Fazio got a rare start for Spurs due to Jan Vertonghen not being available, with Vlad Chiriches also starting at right-back in the absence of Kyle Walker.

It seems apparent that Mauricio Pochettino has work to do in his rearguard this summer, with Spurs leaking soft goals with alarming regularity since the turn of the year.

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