Ange Postecoglou press conference: Tottenham coach blows up at journalist for questioning his ‘integrity’

Tottenham coach Ange Postecoglou has blown up at journalist in the post-match press conference following the 1-0 win over Burnley in the FA Cup on Saturday morning (AEDT).

Without captain and talisman Son Heung-min, who is at the Asian Cup in Qatar, it took a Pedro Porro stunner to break the deadlock and send Spurs into the competition’s fourth round.

Porro’s strike continued Tottenham’s record of scoring in every game managed by Ange Postecoglou, who labelled his team ‘wasteful’ in a fiery post-match press conference.

Postecoglou slams journalist for questioning his ‘integrity’

It’s arguable Postecoglou’s post-match press conference was more eventful than the actual match, with the Australian accusing a journalist of questioning his ‘integrity’.

The incident occurred when a journalist brought up Eric Dier, who Postecoglou explained missed the Burnley game through injury, despite being linked with a January transfer to Bayern Munich.

When the journalist suggested that Dier’s injury might not be real with a possible transfer away from Tottenham in the works, Postecoglou was scathing in his reply.

Here is the whole exchange:

Journalist: “Eric Dier is injured tonight, is that right?”

Postecoglou: “Yes, yeah he’s injured.”

Journalist: “What’s the nature of the injury?”

Postecoglou: “He just pulled up sore and didn’t train yesterday.”

Journalist: “So there’s nothing in the links to Bayern Munich, we understands there’s an agreement…”

Postecoglou: “Separate issue mate but don’t question my integrity. When I say he’s injured, he’s injured. He didn’t train yesterday. I can get Vision [Spurs’ training system footage] in for you, you can ask him. It’s got nothing to do with anything else.”

Journalist: “But is there…”

Postecoglou: “I’ve got no idea. When you ask me whether he’s injured, he’s injured. I didn’t make that up. If he wasn’t injured I’d say he wasn’t selected. It’s easy for me to say. He’s injured and in terms of anything else that’s happening, not on my radar. Not that I’ve heard of. If there is something I’m sure I’ll hear of it, but fair to say in the last 24 hours we’ve been focusing on the game and the guys that are available.”

Spurs progress in FA Cup despite missing two stars

It was a grinding win for Spurs, who appeared to lack fluency going forward in the absence of attacking leaders Son and the injured James Maddison.

A Richarlison scuff in the penalty box and Brennan Johnson’s long-range effort were all Tottenham had to show for in the first half, despite having the majority of possession.

The second half was a similar story, with Johnson having an effort saved at the back post, before Porro’s long-range strike earned Spurs’ FA Cup progression.

Driving forward on the right wing, Porro cut inside before unleashing an arrow into the corner with impressive precision in the 78th minute.

Where to watch the FA Cup third round in Australia: Live stream, TV channel

Live stream

The only place to watch the FA Cup live in Australia is via streaming service Paramount+.

Paramount+ can be streamed on your devices via their app, which includes smart TVs, phones, tablets and PC/laptop.

You can also view Paramount+ on browser-enabled devices such as PC/laptop, phones and tablets.

TV channel

While the FA Cup won’t be televised on a television channel, you can still watch Paramount+ on your TV through a variety of ways.

Most modern smart TVs can download the Paramount+ app, which you can use to watch the FA Cup.

You can also cast the Paramount+ app from your devices to your TV using a Chromecast, Firestick or other casting media device.

FA Cup third-round draw fixtures

Match Date (AEDT) Time (AEDT)
Crystal Palace 0-0 Everton Jan 5 7:00am
Brentford 1-1 Wolves Jan 6 6:15am
Fulham 1-0 Rotherham United Jan 6 6:30am
Tottenham 1-0 Burnley Jan 6 7:00am
Maidstone United vs Stevenage Jan 6 11:30pm
Millwall vs Leicester City Jan 6 11:30pm
Coventry City vs Oxford United Jan 6 11:30pm
AFC Wimbledon vs Ipswich Jan 6 11:30pm
Sunderland vs Newcastle United Jan 6 11:45pm
Blackburn Rovers vs Cambridge United Jan 7 2:00am
Gillingham vs Sheffield United Jan 7 2:00am
Queens Park Rangers vs Bournemouth Jan 7 2:00am
Plymouth vs Sutton United Jan 7 2:00am
Newport County vs Eastleigh Jan 7 2:00am
Stoke City vs Brighton Jan 7 2:00am
Norwich vs Bristol Rovers Jan 7 2:00am
Watford vs Chesterfield Jan 7 2:00am
Southampton vs Walsall Jan 7 2:00am
Hull City vs Birmingham City Jan 7 2:00am
Chelsea vs Preston North End Jan 7 4:30am
Middlesbrough vs Aston Villa Jan 7 4:30am
Sheffield Wednesday vs Cardiff City Jan 7 4:30am
Swansea City vs Morecambe Jan 7 4:30am
Luton Town vs Bolton Wanderers Jan 8 1:00am
Shrewsbury Town vs Wrexham Jan 8 1:00am
West Ham vs Bristol City Jan 8 1:00am
West Brom vs Aldershot Jan 8 1:00am
Peterborough United vs Leeds United Jan 8 1:00am
Nottingham Forest vs Blackpool or Forest Green Rovers Jan 8 1:00am
Manchester City vs Huddersfield Jan 8 1:00am
Arsenal vs Liverpool Jan 8 3:30am
Wigan Athletic vs Manchester United Jan 9 7:15am

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