Mauricio Pochettino hits out at “strange” refereeing decision as Tottenham are denied late penalty vs. Swansea

Mauricio Pochettino hits out at “strange” refereeing decision as Tottenham are denied late penalty vs. Swansea

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino expressed his disappointment after his side were held to a goalless draw by Swansea City at Wembley today.

Swansea defended resiliently, with Tottenham unable to find the net despite creating 19 chances and having 66 per cent of possession.

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Pochettino was also frustrated that referee Mike Dean didn’t give Tottenham a penalty following a challenge on Serge Aurier, with the substitute instead penalised for a perceived handball.

Speaking post-match, Pochettino said: “I’m disappointed with the result. I felt we deserved more. We created and didn’t concede one shot on target.

“I respect the referee. I was disappointed with the last decision. He tried to justify the last decision with Aurier, when it hit his chest. I don’t want to complain. We should have scored before or created more chances than we created.

“It was so strange the decision of Mike. I never like to speak about the referee but if you didn’t see and you’re not sure about the decisions, don’t take the decision.

“It is strange to decide a handball from Aurier when it was a chest.”

The result means that Tottenham are still awaiting their first Premier League victory at Wembley.

Although they won at the national stadium against Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League in midweek, there still remains a hoodoo for Tottenham at Wembley in Premier League games and that will certainly have to be addressed if Pochettino’s side are to seriously challenge for the title this season.

Tottenham are back at the national stadium on Tuesday night when they take on Barnsley in the third round of the League Cup.

Tottenham had a shot accuracy of 36 per cent against Swansea

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