Tim Sherwood believes Tottenham got lucky vs Manchester City

Tim Sherwood Press Conference 12/02/2014

Tim Sherwood was adamant Tottenham should not have had a penalty against Manchester City.

Tim Sherwood has told BBC's Match of the Day 2 that Tottenham got lucky with their penalty against Manchester City.

Raheem Sterling was judged by referee Mark Clattenburg to have handled the ball inside the penalty area, and Harry Kane took full advantage by scoring the spot kick to put Spurs 1-0 up. Tottenham went on to win the game 2-1, with Christian Eriksen scoring an important winner.

Sherwood told BBC's Match of the Day 2: "Mark Clattenburg has to be 100 per cent sure that he (Sterling) has meant to deliberately handball that.

"No way. Impossible for him to see from that angle that he's deliberately handballed [sic] that.

"For me that's a lucky decision for Tottenham. They've got away with one there."

Sherwood went on to praise Tottenham defender Toby Alderweireld for his display, comparing his importance to the side to Belgian international colleague Vincent Kompany's for Manchester City, who missed the weekend's fixture, out injured as he has been for much of the season.

Spurs have opened up a four point advantage over City as a result of the victory, and lucky or not, the side will take it, especially after their recent poor record at The Etihad.

 

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