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Sunday 25 June 2017

Steve Cook critical of Tottenham crowd reaction to Jack Wilshere injury

Jack Wilshere went off injured against Tottenham on Saturday
Jack Wilshere went off injured against Tottenham on Saturday

Bournemouth defender Steve Cook has criticised Tottenham fans for cheering when on-loan Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere fell down injured on Saturday.

The Cherries were thrashed 4-0 at White Hart Lane and their torrid afternoon was made even worse when Wilshere hobbled off with what looked like an ankle injury in the second half.

Tottenham supporters delighted in Wilshere's misfortune, celebrating as the midfielder slumped to the ground and then again as he limped down the tunnel in the 55th minute.

Wilshere was later seen leaving the stadium on crutches and wearing a protective boot on his left foot.

Animosity between Wilshere and Spurs fans grew after the 25-year-old sang anti-Tottenham songs from an open-top bus following Arsenal's FA Cup victory in 2014.

Cook, however, believes the reaction to his team-mate suffering an injury was too much.

"Obviously there's no love lost between Arsenal and Tottenham fans and especially Jack and the Tottenham fans," Cook said.

"But it's not nice. He's a professional and I know a lot has been said in the past and a lot has happened but no-one likes to see a reaction like that to a player getting injured.

"That's the game I suppose but for me it was disappointing."

Wilshere has made 27 appearances for Bournemouth since moving to the club on loan last August and h e will now undergo tests to diagnose the extent of his injury.

"It didn't look good," Cook said. "We hope it's good news. I'm sure we'll find out in the next couple of days.

"It's very disappointing for him especially in this game to come off injured so hopefully it's fine."

Tottenham were already three up when Wilshere was forced off as goals from Mousa Dembele, Son Heung-min and Harry Kane had put the home side in command. Vincent Janssen added a fourth in stoppage time.

Kane was making his first start in five weeks after recovering from an ankle injury and the striker was a menace for the Bournemouth back-line.

"It's fantastic," Kane told Tottenham's official club website.

"We said before the game that we wanted to keep our momentum going and not give anything away.

"Bournemouth are a tough side, they press high but we did better than them, worked harder and played between the lines, got our chances and took them. It was a fantastic result."

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