Kieran Trippier defends himself after nightmare start to his Tottenham Hotspur debut

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The right-back gave away a penalty in the Europa League last night.

Tottenham Hotspur took on FK Qarabag in their first Europa League tie of the new season and won the game 3-1 thanks to goals from Heung-min Son and Erik Lamela, the former bagging a brace.

It was a game in which Mauricio Pochettino was happy to rotate the team, especially as he had little choice regarding injury issues. But he did also hand a debut to summer signing Kieran Trippier.

Tottenham snapped him up from relegated outfit Burnley this summer as cover in the full-back position.

He has had to be patient to make his debut but he finally got his chance yesterday and, it did not get off to the best of starts.

He made a clumsy challenge on Ansi Agolli in the 14th minute and the Azeri side took the lead after the incident, putting the minnows into a shock position.

But, speaking to the official Tottenham Hotspur website today, he felt the decision was harsh:

“It felt good to make my debut and the crowd was fantastic.

“It was unfortunate about the penalty. I don’t think it was a penalty but these things happen and I think we responded well.

“It was early in the game but we bounced back and got two quick goals, which was what we needed.

“Overall I’m delighted to get the win with all the lads.”

Trippier however must be tripping. It was a poor and static challenge from the player who seemed to be stuck in sand against the Albanian winger.

Hopefully Trippier will push that issue to the back of his mind and continue to improve as the season goes on and become a top Tottenham player.

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