Spurs fume after loss

Welsh international striker Dean Saunders bagged a brace to pile on the relegation worries for Tottenham.

A defensive blunder by Terry Fenwick gifted Saunders his first goal after 48 minutes. Fenwick made a mess of a simple headed clearance from Steve Nicol's lob, leaving Saunders to run in unmarked and slot home from 10 yards.

Paul Stewart, playing up front for Spurs in place of unwell England skipper Gary Lineker, headed bravely home to equalise after Fenwick nodded on Justin Edinburgh's left-wing cross on 74 minutes. But seven minutes later Liverpool were controversially awarded a corner to the fury of the Spurs players.

The corner by Steve McManaman fell to David Burrows, who screwed a low shot which was going wide until Saunders nipped in to divert it inside the far post for his 23rd goal of the season.
Saunders could have scored twice in the first three minutes, volleying a Rob Jones cross over the bar and just failing to direct a header on target when Ian Rush nodded another Jones cross back to him.

Jan Molby brought the game's best first-half save out of Spurs' keeper Erik Thorsvedt, who flew to his right to touch the Dane's 20-yard drive wide at full stretch.

Tottenham's only serious first-half threat came after Andy Gray set Stewart up for a shot which flew straight at Grobbelaar.

Tottenham's players were seething after losing to a goal they claim was offside and came from a corner that should never have been given. Justin Edinburgh, booked for his protests to Referee Roger Milford, said: "We'd started to get on top after we got our goal and Liverpool were tiring. It is disappointing to think we've been cheated out of the game."

He said Thorsvedt had been shielding the ball out of play and did not make contact with it when the corner was awarded. And he added: "I thought Dean Saunders was offside when he scored."

Stewart agreed: "The television will tell us it was a goal kick and the goal was offside. Which do you moan at most? I thought we were worth a draw and could have even won it but then we got a bad break like that. When your luck is down, it's really down and they kick you in the teeth. I don't really see me playing up front again but while Gary wasn't so well, they asked me to do a job for them and in our present predicament it's all hands to the pumps. That will be my last game playing up front. I found it difficult but one goal from one game up front wasn't a bad return."

Saunders' two goals took his haul to 23, the first time he has scored more than 21, his tally in each of the last four seasons. "It's nice to get off 21," said the Welsh international. "They got back in the game and scored a good goal and if anyone was going to win it, then it looked as though they might just pinch it. But luckily David Burrows just mis-hit his shot and it ran for me.

Saunders now begins a three-match suspension which will see him sit out the FA Cup semi-final. "All I can do is hope that the lads get six points and win through to the final," he said.

Manager Graeme Souness said the teams were "emotionally and physically tired" after their midweek European disappointments. And he admitted: "We had a bit of luck with the corner. We haven't had too much of that lately but we are delighted with the three points."

Rob Jones has been withdrawn from the England squad after suffering a recurrence of a leg injury but Michael Thomas and John Barnes both travel, Souness confirmed.

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