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Maddison claims Tottenham are starting to shed their ‘Spursy’ tag

James Maddison praised the courageous display of his Tottenham team-mates following an entertaining 2-2 draw.

James Maddison heaps praises on Tottenham’s character following their continued fine start to the new season with a battling 2-2 draw at rivals Arsenal.

Spurs had lost on their last three visits to the Emirates and not won there in the Premier League since 2010, and the visitor’s losing streak to Arsenal looked to have continued when Cristian Romero’s own goal and Bukayo Saka’s penalty twice put the hosts ahead in the north London derby, but a double equalizer from Heung-min Son ensured both teams shared the spoils at the end of the day.

Maddison, who had assisted both strikes to Spurs Captain, Heung-min Son, believes his side is starting to shed the “Spursy” tag under the leadership of Ange Postecoglou.

He said to TALKSPORT:

“When you hear fans and neutrals talk about Tottenham, they often say, ‘Soft, weak, bottle it, Spursy, all that rubbish. I think the last couple of weeks show we might be going in a slightly different direction because we scored in the 98th and 101st minute against Sheffield United to win late on when it looked like it was going to be one of those days.”

“And today we go behind twice at arguably one of the best teams in the world and we pull it back and we’re still fighting to the end.”

Tottenham manager, Ange Postecoglou was unhappy with the handball decision given against Romero that handed Saka the chance to score from the spot.

The Australian manager reiterated the need for a thorough and concise decision when awarding handballs in the Premier League.

“I’ve got no idea what the handball rule is because I’ve seen all sorts of handballs given and I’ve seen all sorts not given and they look identical to me. So I don’t understand,” he said.

“I saw the one yesterday at Wolves and it just seems if it hits your hand it’s a penalty and then other times if it hits your hand, it isn’t a penalty. I’ve got no idea. It is the one rule in the game I just don’t understand.

“Unless we start developing armless defenders, I don’t know how you are supposed to block things and be in a natural position.”

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