Johnny Giles rubbishes Sam Allardyce’s criticism of Tottenham

Johnny Giles laughs off Sam Allardyce's claims that Tottenham won't hold their nerve in title race

Johnny Giles has rubbished Sam Allardyce’s doubts over Tottenham Hotspur’s ability to win the Premier League title.

The Sunderland manager questioned whether Spurs would be able to hold their nerve in the Premier League title race after a strong start to the season.

He doesn’t know if they’re going to do it. You have to be in that position

Johnny Giles

Tottenham answered Allardyce’s criticism in emphatic style after Christian Eriksen’s brace and goals from Mousa Dembele and Harry Kane sealed a 4-1 win against the Black Cats at White Hart Lane.

Former Manchester United and Republic of Ireland midfielder Giles rubbished Allardyce’s doubts about Tottenham’s title credentials.

“I saw Sam Allardyce said that Tottenham haven’t got the nerve to do it when it comes to it, which is a bit of a cheeky really,” Giles told Newstalk.

“Sam doesn’t know that. He was saying it on the morning that they were playing them, there’s nothing better than geeing the opposition up. They get a hiding 4-1.

“He doesn’t know if they’re going to do it. You have to be in that position. What Sam was saying that he was talking to Sir Alex Ferguson and the first time is the hardest. I wouldn’t be too sure about that.”

Tottenham are in fourth place in the Premier League table following their 4-1 victory over Sunderland last weekend.

Spurs are five points behind current Premier League leaders Arsenal ahead of their trip to Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Saturday afternoon.

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Tottenham booked their place in the fourth round of the FA Cup on Wednesday night after a 2-0 victory over Leicester City at King Power Stadium.

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