Steven Gerrard thinks there was a ‘stroke of luck’ during Heung-Min Son’s opening goal following Tottenham’s 4-0 win at Aston Villa on Saturday, as he told Villa TV, writes the HITC.
The Aston Villa boss was critical of Ezri Konsa for not dealing with Eric Dier’s punt down the middle of the pitch, with his header landing in Harry Kane’s path, whose shot deflected off Matty Cash, before Son could instinctively flash the ball into the back of the net with his left foot.
That was Tottenham’s first shot at goal and only one of two chances they created during the first 45 minutes, as Villa will still be wondering how they didn’t manage to score.
But, great players punish you when you don’t punish them and those near the top are ruthless 9 times out of ten.
Son proved that when he fired two further strikes in the second half for his hat-trick, with Dejan Kulusevski also coming to the party in what was a ruthless display from the Champions League-chasing team.
Gerrard made it clear after that game that his side simply didn’t defend well enough throughout the match and the best of the best ‘punish you at this level’.
“The story of the game is pretty obvious,” said Gerrard. “In the first half, we were outstanding across the board.
“We conceded a poor goal. It’s a long straight ball that we haven’t dealt with. We haven’t got good contact on it and we haven’t mopped up the second ball. We paid (the price). But they got a stroke of luck, with the block off Cashy (Matt Cash). That aside, we were totally dominating Spurs, across the board.
“We played the better football. Created the better chances. The most aggressive and we were the better team. The first 45 minutes, goals aside, is exactly what we are looking for here.
“In the second half, we asked them to ‘maintain that level’ – but they made it about our backline and we haven’t defended well enough in the second half. Good players punish you at this level and that’s what has happened.”
To put it simply, if Son is donning Claret and Blue colours in the first half, then he is still probably walking away with the match ball and Villa the three points.
Villa only have themselves to blame for not having that killer instinct that Son can produce in his sleep.
It’s pretty incredible to think Spurs have scored nine goals from their last two Premier League matches, yet Harry Kane, hasn’t found the back of the net.
That’s the reason they are chasing Europe under Antonio Conte and Villa will probably make drastic changes, in the summer, to try and get to those levels.
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