Jamie O’Hara launches into normally ‘sensational’ Tottenham star who was ‘dragged all over’ by Chelsea
Jamie O’Hara was highly critical of one particular Tottenham star following the 2-2 Premier League draw with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.
Spurs salvaged a late draw in the ‘Battle of the Bridge 2’ thanks to Harry Kane’s header but they were second best throughout the contest and largely on the back foot.
Goals from Kalidou Koulibaly and Reece James, sandwiched in between a Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg equaliser, looked like it had given the home side a fully deserved three points.
However, Kane flicked home a header from a corner in the final minute of stoppage-time, while managers Antonio Conte and Thomas Tuchel both saw red after the final whistle in another feisty encounter between the two London rivals.
But speaking to talkSPORT about the game, Spurs old boy O’Hara was critical of Eric Dier’s performance.
The England defender has largely been excellent since Conte’s arrival. However, he struggled to cope with Chelsea’s movement and was often out of position in the game.
O’Hara was asked by talkSPORT presenter Laura Woods if there was anything that worried him from a Tottenham perspective regarded the game.
He replied: “I think the defending. I didn’t think we looked great, looked a bit panicky at the back at time.
“A bit more composure is what we need. Eric Dier, look he’s been sensational, like he’s been brilliant. I think he should definitely be in the England squad. If you look at the England players playing right now, they’re shocking.
“But he didn’t have a great game yesterday, his positioning a little bit, he was getting dragged around.”
Dier not the only one to struggle in Bridge battle
It’s true, Dier did struggle in the contest but he was not the only Tottenham player who under-performed.
The midfield was bossed by Chelsea’s, while there was hardly any punch in the forward line until Richarlison came on.
Spurs also struggled to keep possession under a heavy press from their London rivals.
However, in past years that would have been just another Stamford Bridge defeat. But they showed guts and determination to earn a point they did not deserve and to do that when you have not played well is a big tick for Conte.
Tottenham are next in action on Saturday when they host Wolves in the lunchtime kick-off.
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