The simulation debate is one I’ve grown tired of. Players dive and referees are made to look foolish. This will be part of the game for as long as you or I are on this planet.

Spurs won a crucial away fixture this morning — the word ‘crucial’ could be used to describe just about any game at this time of year. Aaron Lennon’s goal in the 51st minute capped the comeback. The win adds to a remarkable run for André Villas-Boas’ club that’s seen Tottenham go 7-2-1 in their last 10 games.

In any case most of the post-game discussion will focus on Gareth Bale’s yellow card for diving in the 81st minute. Martin Atkinson got this one wrong. For as long as Bale plies his trade in England he will be subject to calls like these. Blame can be directed at both sides for this. In the end it just plain sucks.