Jamie Carragher defends Ciaran Clark, criticises Lescott for Tottenham opener

The former defender felt the Aston Villa man should have done better against Tottenham Hotspur.

Jamie Carragher has slammed the role played by Joleon Lescott during Tottenham's opening goal against Aston Villa on Monday night, according to Sky Sports.

Indeed, Mousa Dembele brushed Ciaran Clark off with ease as he put the north London side ahead at White Hart Lane - and Carragher has acknowledged the fact Clark made a mistake.

But he feels the defender should have been covered by the vastly experienced Lescott, who stood idly by as Tottenham took the lead.

Carragher said on Monday Night Football during half-time: "I think, with Lescott’s experience, he’s got to come across. It’s Ciaran Clark’s mistake but the defender has got to fear the danger and help him."

Lescott's woeful form so far this season hasn't gone unnoticed by Aston Villa fans - although pundits largely seem to have ignored it.

Because the 33-year-old is a British footballer with 'Premier League experience,' he has been seen as a good signing.

The fact Clark was also undoubtedly at fault for Tottenham's opening goal, though, won't provide hope for Aston Villa supporters, as he is a man they have constantly touted as a Lescott replacement.

That said, Clark alongside Micah Richards might have helped avoid the kind of poor defending that allowed Spurs to take the lead...

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