Townsend sympathy for Tottenham teammate Soldado

Andros Townsend has admitted feeling sorry for Roberto Soldado after the Tottenham Hotspur striker missed from mere yards in the team’s FA Cup win over Burnley, the Daily Telegraph has reported.

Spurs won the match 4-2 thanks to goals from Paulinho, Etienne Capoue, Vlad Chiriches and Danny Rose, cancelling out the two early goals from Marvin Sordell and Ross Wallace that put the Clarets in front, but Soldado had a gilt-edged chance to net from a Townsend ball when Tottenham were trailing.

“I felt for him,” said Townsend after the match. “I have been in that position before where nothing will go in for you. He played well, but as a striker I think he just wanted that goal.

“I just ran over to him as we walked off at half-time and tried to keep his spirits up,” the England winger added. “I told him to forget about the miss and keep going. I said I would try to put another cross in for him and that if he kept getting into the positions then he would get a goal.

“That didn’t happen sadly, but five minutes into the second half he put in an assist for Danny Rose. He just needs the service and the game time. Then once he gets one or two goals, I am sure the goals will start flowing.”

Soldado has been at White Hart Lane since the summer of 2013, moving to Tottenham after three years, 141 games and 81 goals at Valencia. He started his career in the Real Madrid set-up, scoring regularly for the B team, Real Madrid Castilla, but played fewer than 30 games for Los Blancos’ senior side. Soldado joined Getafe and from there moved to Mestalla.

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