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Roberts: Tottenham Hotspur's Aurier gives away too many free-kicks

Former Tottenham Hotspur defender Graham Roberts has criticised Serge Aurier's defensive performance after they settled for a 3-3 draw against West Ham United on Sunday.

Aurier was handed his second league start at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium after his outstanding display against Manchester United at Old Trafford a fortnight ago where he contributed a goal and an assist in their 6-1 win.

On Sunday, the Ivory Coast captain made the most crosses (four) in Jose Mourinho's team but his defensive display has been questioned after he committed the most fouls (four) in the game, more than any other player.

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Earlier in the first half, Harry Kane's brace and a goal from Son Heung-Min gave Tottenham a comfortable 3-0 lead but they collapsed towards the end of the game.

West Ham’s dramatic comeback started with Fabian Balbuena's 82nd-minute goal, followed by Davinson Sanchez's own goal three minutes later and Aurier conceded the free-kick that led to the equaliser as Manuel Lanzini fired a stunning shot from outside the penalty area deep into stoppage time.

In his reaction, Roberts who helped Tottenham win two FA Cups and the Uefa Cup in the early 80s, singled out the 27-year-old defender for the team’s collapse in the final 10 minutes.

“No, not at all you should have been buried but when you have Aurier keep giving free-kicks away then you are in trouble but I would still have my team than yours,” Roberts tweeted in response to a fan.

“Absolutely right Aurier gives too many free-kicks away,” he added.

Following the disappointing draw, Aurier will shift his attention to Thursday when Tottenham Hotspur begin their Europa League campaign with a home game against Austrian club LASK.

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