Sky Sports apologise to James Maddison for gaffe after Tottenham beat Fulham

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James Maddison of Tottenham made an unfortunate mistake during Sky Sports’ post-game interview with the midfielder on Monday evening. Following his team’s 2-0 victory over Fulham, the England international’s media responsibilities were in danger of being derailed due to technical issues. While speaking with Dave Jones, Jamie Carragher, and Gary O’Neil on his headset, the playmaker complained about a sound problem.

In the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium tunnel, Maddison commented to a Sky Sports reporter standing next to him, “I can actually hear Marco Silva’s interview in my ear now.” The former Leicester City midfielder hesitated after that and gestured to his headphones, much to Carragher’s amusement.

“What’s he saying?” asked the pundit in jest. It elicited Maddison’s hilarious response: “He’s saying Maddison’s goal was excellent, I think.” Before Maddison continued, Wolves manager O’Neil, Carragher, and Jones all laughed at the remark: “You’re louder (on the headphones), Dave, but I can just hear it in the background.”

“We’ll try to sort that out as we go, James, we’ll try to remedy that,” Jones then retorted. After Sky Sports swiftly repaired the technical issue, Maddison thanked “whoever did that” and went on to discuss his great performance in the victory over Fulham.

James Maddison’s interview was hampered by technical difficulties (Image: Sky Sports).

On Monday, the former Leicester City player excelled, scoring Spurs’ second goal to help the Londoners recover first place in the Premier League and extend their winning streak to nine games. The goal by Maddison occurred just after the halftime break. After receiving a deft pass through from Son Heung-min, who had already scored the first goal, he slid the ball past Bernd Leno.

It is impossible to overstate the No. 10’s impact since moving to Tottenham, and since making the £40 million trade, he has established himself as one of the league’s most significant players. In nine league games thus far this season, he has three goals and five assists.Following Fulham’s victory, Tottenham star Son Heung-min has found an unstoppable new companion.

Calvin Bassey is a left-footed boy, so I make that choice to push higher and press Bassey on his right foot because he’s a left-footed boy,” Maddison explained when asked how he induced the error that resulted in his goal. He is a really excellent player, and I am familiar with him from my time at Leicester, where we both played when he was a youngster.

“But [he] is right-footed, so I was attempting to keep him on his right foot. Fortunately, this resulted in a mistake that allowed us to profit. I was attempting to stay onside, but I knew Bassey was still trailing (Tim) Ream by a few yards, so I knew I had a few more yards to make up. After that, it was simply a matter of remaining calm and completing the throw from close range.

I considered the type of finish to use because I didn’t want to risk getting smacked from the inside, which can happen. In Friday night’s match between Spurs and Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park, Maddison will be looking to build on his recent success.

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