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Reece James: Anthony Taylor's refereeing errors cost Chelsea win against Tottenham Hotspur

Robert Calcutt

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Reece James: Anthony Taylor's refereeing errors cost Chelsea win against Tottenham Hotspur

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Chelsea defender Reece James believes refereeing errors from Anthony Taylor cost his side the win against Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday evening.

The Blues drew 2-2 against their London rivals, despite leading twice throughout the match.

Kalidou Koulibaly netted his first ever goal for Chelsea to open the scoring, with Spurs equalising shortly after the match passed the hour mark.

James was on hand to score a second for the hosts late on, only for Harry Kane to net the leveller deep into added time at the end of the second half.

Both of Spurs’ goals have proved to be controversial in the aftermath of the clash, with referee Taylor missing key fouls in both of the buildups.

Kai Havertz was fouled and Richarlison was offside before the north London side’s first, with Marc Cucurella having his hair pulled seconds before the second was scored.


After the match, James shared his frustration over some of the decisions that were made, with Chelsea gaining just one point instead of a deserved three.

"I don’t have a clue (how it ended 2-2),” said the 22-year-old when speaking to the club website.

“It’s very frustrating to walk away with one point when you feel like you should win. We feel like two goals should have definitely been disallowed. 

“That’s down to the referees and fourth officials."

He later added: "We just have to build momentum, can’t look at the result. It was a freak result today, we should’ve won, but there is plenty of positives. Being back here with the amazing fans is always great.

"It was a great atmosphere, it’s good playing at home again and hopefully the next time we are here we get the win."

Reece James after the match against Tottenham. (Alamy)
Reece James after the match against Tottenham. (Alamy)

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel had a couple of altercations with his counterpart Antonio Conte on the touchline during and after the game.

The German was also frustrated over the decisions, especially when his side were so close to sealing the win.

In his post-match press conference, he said: “Yes, but it happens. It happens during the life a football coach and a team. In football, and as players, you sometimes get caught in the last minute and we will hopefully have it in the season that we will steal some points and be decisive.

“This can happen. But it can’t happen when we have VAR at this kind of level. It can’t happen that goals are allowed that are simply irregular goals. This is the frustration and it’s unacceptable.

"I think we know what we did, the players know the input they put into the game mentally and physically. We were so sharp, fully on, and played a brilliant match. What a step up for us from the first game against Everton. 

“I’m disappointed for the players that they don’t get the reward. It’s actually down to incredible decisions.”

Topics: Reece James, Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur, Premier League

Robert Calcutt
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