Townsend has admitted that the winger needs to cut diving out of the player’s game.
The big game in the Premier League this weekend was Tottenham Hotspur’s hosting of Chelsea at White Hart Lane – a result that ended in a 1-1 draw.
A player that has really shone for Spurs so far in 2013/14 is young winger Andros Townsend, who had another good game against the Blues and caused left-back Ashley Cole all sorts of problems.
However, a good performance for Tottenham was slightly tarnished by the fact that Townsend dived after a challenge from Frank Lampard and the 22-year-old apologised afterwards.
“It was definitely a yellow card,” the Englishman was quoted by the Guardian, after being booked for simulation.
“I said to the referee at half-time that, as I have come inside, the leg was there and [Lampard] has pulled out at the last minute but I still went over, so it was a deserved yellow card. I have got to kick it out of my game.
“Everything happens so fast. I didn’t have time to react to him pulling out at the last second. It’s sort of instinct. You make mistakes and that dive was a mistake.”
The comments from Townsend are somewhat refreshing for football fans that are used to seeing the blatant cheating that so often comes with diving.
Former Spurs star Gareth Bale was notorious for making the most of a tackle and was booked on six occasions for trying to con the referee.
Townsend though – who was watched on Saturday by Three Lions manager Roy Hodgson – has admitted the mistake and now must act on the apology.
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