I don't fall easy - Walker

  • Last Updated: November 1 2012, 19:07 GMT

Kyle Walker has rebuffed Chris Hughton's claim he went down too easily to earn Tottenham a penalty in Wednesday night's 2-1 defeat to Norwich.

Kyle Walker: Rebuffed Chris Hughton's claim

Norwich stunned Tottenham to move in to the quarter-finals of the Capital One Cup thanks to a dramatic final 10 minutes at Carrow Road.

Jan Vertonghen's own goal and a strike from Simeon Jackson put the Canaries ahead with three minutes left, and then Spurs wasted a chance to take the game in to extra-time as Clint Dempsey drove weakly in to Mark Bunn's arms from the penalty spot soon after.

Hughton, a former Spurs player and coach, claimed Walker "made a meal" of the challenge by Marc Tierney, and the Norwich full-back himself says he did not touch the England right-back.

As a young man who grew up on a council estate in Sheffield, Walker takes umbrage at Hughton's suggestion he went down too readily.

"I'm from up north. I'm not going to go down softly," said Walker at an event to publicise the Topps Match Attax Tour.

"I thought I got a clip so I went down. It was a foul. The referee has awarded a penalty, or the linesman did. They were close enough to see it.

"If I felt I was touched then I am going to go down. That's it."

Having returned to winning ways against Southampton, Tottenham were looking to rack up three consecutive wins ahead of a difficult run which begins with games against Manchester City and Arsenal.

Now Andre Villas-Boas' men host Wigan on Saturday knowing victory is a must.

"It's massively important that we bounce back from that game and get back to winning ways," Walker said.

"No disrespect to Wigan, but out of the (next) three (games) this is the easiest game.

"We want to get a good run in to Wigan and then hopefully that will give us momentum to get to City and then hopefully after the international break we can go to Arsenal and get the three points there."

Although Spurs have done well to get back up to fourth in the Barclays Premier League, Villas-Boas has struggled to get consistency from his team, and their tendency to concede late, costly goals was evident again on Wednesday night.

The Tottenham manager has not been helped by a series of injuries to top players, however.

Mousa Dembele has missed the past four games with a hip injury and will undergo another scan to determine how long the problem, which he had at Fulham, will keep him out for.

Jake Livermore is struggling with an ankle injury he suffered at Norwich and could join Younes Kaboul, Benoit Assou-Ekotto and Scott Parker on the sidelines this weekend.

One piece of good news for Villas-Boas is that he looks set to have Parker available before the end of the month despite initial fears the midfielder could be missing until Christmas with an Achilles injury he sustained this summer.

"There is a slight improvement (with Parker)," Villas-Boas said.

"He is still inside but we have pushed him in terms of exercise on the treadmill.

"He is still within recovery time for this type of injury and we have to allow time so the player feels 100%. Then it will be two or three weeks more to have him fully fit."

Emmanuel Adebayor could be available after making a steady recovery form injury and illness.

The Togo striker is reported to have become frustrated at his lack of game time this season, but Villas-Boas says the player must be patient given the excellent form of Jermain Defoe this term.

He said: "Whenever he came on he did well. He wants to be part of the team, but Defoe is doing well. He has eight goals in five games and that is the goal scoring ability you want for your team.

"Ade(bayor) is there too but has to be more patient at the moment, but I'm sure after these setbacks he can make a good run in the team too."

  • Kyle Walker was in Enfield meeting fans and children on the Topps Match Attax Tour, following the launch of the Match Attax Championship Edition football trading card game. For further information, please visit toppsfootball.co.uk


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