Stop, Skipp and jump!
Young midfielder buoyed by Hugo's saves
Mon 11 February 2019, 12:08|Tottenham Hotspur
Oliver Skipp believes Hugo Lloris “lifted” the whole team with his superb saves in Sunday’s win over Leicester City.
Sitting on a 1-0 lead at Wembley, we might have seen the Foxes draw level when referee Michael Oliver awarded them a penalty just before the hour mark, but as substitute Jamie Vardy stepped up, so did our goalkeeper and captain, pushing the striker’s spot kick away to his right to keep us ahead.
Moments later, Christian Eriksen bagged a crucial second for us before more heroics from Hugo, this time denying Harvey Barnes who was through on the keeper with the whole goal to aim at.
Teenage midfielder ‘Skippy’, in for only his second Premier League start, felt those interventions from the Frenchman were imperative as we pushed on to win 3-1, Heung-Min Son finally putting Leicester away in stoppage time after Vardy had pulled one back.
“Hugo was crucial with the penalty save,” said the Academy product. “It comes at a big moment in the game and there were other saves as well like when they were clean through – he made some great saves but that’s Hugo, isn’t it?
“It was a tough game, quite even, they created a few chances but, of course, whenever someone saves a penalty it gives you a big boost and not long after we went and made it 2-0. You could see that it gave the crowd and everyone a lift. On the pitch, you’re thinking you’ve got to try to make the most of it and push on.”
Oliver’s afternoon ended in the 71st minute, replaced by Toby Alderweireld as we went to three at the back in order to see out the game. Reflecting on his 10th senior appearance, the 18-year-old felt it was beneficial for him to join the in-form pairing of Harry Winks and Moussa Sissoko in the heart of our midfield.
“It was really good and it’s fantastic to play alongside players like that,” he added. “They make the job much easier and they’re obviously in great form at the moment so it was nice to play in there with them. Obviously it’s always nice to earn a start and I can only thank the gaffer for trusting me. It’s fantastic for me to be in and around the team this season – even when I don’t play, just being around it means I can learn and pick up game experience.”