Andros Townsend got himself on the score-sheet against his former club Tottenham Hotspur yesterday as the Eagles ran out 2-0 winners in the FA Cup Fourth Round but refused to celebrate after tucking away his 34th minute penalty out of respect for Maurcio Pochettino’s men. It was a moment which drew praise from almost everyone but after the final whistle, the winger took one particularly stupid Twitter user to task after being subjected to criticism.
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 ✊ https://t.co/JkVQsPv93m
— Andros Townsend (@andros_townsend) January 27, 2019
Clearly, a certain Paul Latham felt it was stupid for the Palace star to walk off without celebrating after converting his spot-kick, prompting him to send a tweet to Andros telling him so. I dare say he didn’t expect the 27-year-old to even see his comment, let alone reply but yesterday evening at exactly 8:09pm, that’s exactly what happened, leaving Paul looking very silly indeed.
As Townsend correctly pointed out, his time with Tottenham actually spanned 16 years, rather than the seven that Latham claimed, with 93 appearances as opposed to the previously quoted 50, coming between the ages of eight and 24. Andros was quite right to walk away calmly after scoring the penalty, it’s what any fan would expect of a former academy graduate and Spurs fans in their thousands have been quick to back him in the hours since.
The former England man is now in his third season on Palace’s books and yesterday scored his seventh goal of the 2018/19 campaign, making it his most successful season in front of goal as a professional. There is no doubt that Andros is well in the running for Player of the Year as things stand, having played out of his skin since August; his refusal to celebrate just highlighted his class; as did his response to the idiotic Twitter user who saw it as a sign of weakness.
What’s not to love?