Tottenham fans vote Dele Alli as MAN OF THE MATCH at Stoke

Tottenham fans back Dele Alli in his battle with Jose Mourinho as they vote him MAN OF THE MATCH and suggest boss has ‘an agenda’ against troubled star despite his touchline tantrum

Tottenham fans have defended Dele Alli in his feud with Jose Mourinho after voting him Man of the Match, despite him being substituted early in the second half at Stoke City.

Alli made a rare start for Spurs in their 3-1 victory at the Championship side in the Carabao Cup quarter-final and had impressed shortly before being taken off.

However, with Spurs 1-0 up following a first half Gareth Bale header, the hosts equalised in the 53rd minute after a needless attempt at a flick from Alli resulted in a counter attack that saw Jordan Thompson convert a back post cross.

Dele Alli was hauled off just after the hour mark and he was furious with the manager’s call

Alli kicked out and was animated in discussion with substitutes as he headed to the stands

Mourinho was left furious with Alli’s role in conceding the goal and he was replaced 13 minutes later by Erik Lamela, leading to Alli the midfielder throwing a tantrum in front of the Spurs boss before taking his place in the stands.

But many Spurs supporters took the side of Alli, who was making his first start for a month by voting him man of the match on the club’s Twitter account and backing him in his battle with Mourinho.

Some fans were left frustrated by how Mourinho had ‘scapegoated’ and praising the midfielder for being the only player trying to add flair to Spurs’ attack.

One supporter said: ‘Its a shame that Dele being our best player for 90 per cent of his time on the pitch probably still isn’t enough for Jose to see he should be a part of his plans. Makes one mistake and he’s scapegoated for what we can all agree is poor defending.’

Another added: ‘Really Tottenham? The only player trying anything and Jose takes him off again!!’ While a further fan said: ‘This is bizarre. Dele looked the only creative player for most of the time he was on. I’d rather players try something and it not come off than not even try. Utterly joyless otherwise. We had plenty of opportunity to stop their attack.

Two more supporters criticised Mourinho’s handling of Alli, even calling for the Portuguese manager to be sacked.

The fan said: ‘Jose wants him outta there. Really sad. Last matchday he said he wouldn’t criticise a player who makes a mistake when [Serge] Aurier caused a pen that cost us the match. Today he publicly maligns Dele! #JoseOut bruv.’ Another backed.’ ANother claimed: ‘Jose could come out and say he murdered someone and some on here would defend him. He’s done some good things but his handling of Dele has been shocking.’ 

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