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Andros Townsend says he didn't celebrate Tottenham goal out of 'respect' following criticism

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Tottenham will be glad to start a new week.

The club were knocked out of two cup competitions in the space of four days, exiting the Carabao Cup at the hands of Chelsea on Thursday before losing to Crystal Palace in the FA Cup on Sunday.

It’s becoming increasingly difficult to see Spurs winning a trophy this season as the two domestic cups represented their strongest chances of doing so.

They’re nine points behind leaders Liverpool in the Premier League and face Bundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League round of 16.

Injuries to Harry Kane and Dele Alli certainly don’t help their cause.

The duo had to watch on from the injury table as Conor Wickham and Andros Townsend scored the goals to send Palace through to the fifth round of the FA Cup.

Townsend doubled the score from the penalty spot after Kyle Walker-Peters handled the ball inside the area.

Crystal Palace v Tottenham Hotspur - FA Cup Fourth Round

Andros Townsend tweets

The Palace winger easily converted but he refused to celebrate, instead raising both hands before casually returning to his half.

Many fans couldn’t understand the lack of celebration considering he’s hardly a legend at the north London club.

Townsend was loaned out nine times by Tottenham before he left permanently in 2016.

And one football fan raised this point in a tweet to the 27-year-old, which Townsend felt he needed to reply to.

“Andros Townsend's career at @SpursOfficial - played 50 times in 7 years (last time 3 years ago). They loaned him out 9 times,” @PaulLay10 wrote.

“He just scored against them for @CPFC. He Didn’t celebrate. Have a word with yourself.”

Townsend’s response has earned him a lot of respect from Tottenham’s supporters.

“Try 93 games and being there for 16 years from the age of 8 till 24.... it’s called a bit of respect to the club that made me mate ✊,” he said.

Can’t argue with that.

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino tried to be strong after the defeat, insisting his team is still doing well.

“We are still in two competitions, in a good position in the Premier League and the Champions League is a massive motivation for the whole club,” he said, per BBC Sport.

"We have to be strong. People wish we could win some trophies. But being realistic, we are doing so well.”

Topics:
FA Cup
Football
Kyle Walker-Peters
Dele Alli
Harry Kane
Andros Townsend
Tottenham Hotspur
Crystal Palace

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