Search

Spurs boss Pochettino to review Sanchez red card

PUBLISHED: 18:40 02 December 2017 | UPDATED: 18:40 02 December 2017

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino on the touchline (pic Daniel Hambury/PA)

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino on the touchline (pic Daniel Hambury/PA)

PA Wire/PA Images

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino will review Davinson Sanchez’s red card against Watford before deciding whether to challenge the decision.

Sanchez was dismissed in the 52nd minute for a forearm to Richarlison’s face as 10-man Tottenham had to grind out a 1-1 draw at Vicarage Road.

Pochettino refused to be drawn on the incident, but admitted he will weigh up in private whether to launch an appeal against the dismissal.

Any suspension for Sanchez would leave Spurs light in defence, with Toby Alderweireld sidelined until January with hamstring trouble.

Asked if he will appeal the red card, Pochettino said: “I don’t know because it’s difficult now to see.

“You have a lot of messages on the phone, saying this and that.

“Of course we are going to watch it back; I think it wasn’t intentional but maybe he touched with his arm the face of the player. And that’s what the referee interpreted.

“No I’m not going to complain, I won’t say anything. The player said it wasn’t his intention, but it’s difficult at this point.

“I am not going to say anything about the performance of the referee, in the last four games I think we have first questions about the decisions of the referee. And I choose to say nothing about that, what happened happened. We are going to analyse in private.”

Christian Kabasele’s early header put Watford ahead, before Heung-Min Son’s tap-in dragged Tottenham level at the break.

Sanchez’s red card forced Tottenham to consolidate rather than go for the jugular, and Eric Dier was fortunate not to concede a penalty for handball with one of the last acts of the match.

The draw leaves Tottenham in sixth place in the Premier League, some 15 points shy of leaders Manchester City, who host struggling West Ham on Sunday.

Spurs have now gone three league games without a win – but boss Pochettino insisted his players will emerge all the stronger for experiencing testing times.

“I am so pleased with our character because it’s true the last few games we’ve disappointed and frustrated with results; we’ve deserved more,” he added.

“But today the performance, personality and character of the team, playing 40 minutes with 10 men showed really good character.

“In the last few games things are going against us but it’s a very good experience for us.

“To live that situation and experience and learn from that for the future is important.

“It’s important it’s not all easy, you can’t always win easy.

“Sometimes tough periods are important, you build your character and you learn a lot from this situation.”

Watford boss Marco Silva insisted his side were denied a clear penalty when Dier escaped censure late on, and felt the Hornets could easily have been awarded another spot-kick too.

“It’s a penalty,” said Silva, of the Dier incident. “I have some doubts about the moment in the box before the counter-attack for the Tottenham goal too.

“Of course I respect the referee’s decisions though, this was a tough day for the officials as well as the players.”

Latest Hackney Stories

9 minutes ago

Members of the Tottenham Hotspur Supporters’ Trust have helped raise £75,000 for Prostate Cancer UK over the last three years

14:00

The latest boxing news from Hackney

13:00

West Ham United will want to build on their first win in the Premier League when they host Chelsea at the London Stadium on Sunday.

12:23

Bernd Leno has been speaking to the Islington Gazette after making his debut in the Europa League against Vorskla Poltava at the Emirates on Thursday evening.

12:00

Barkingside boss Michael Walther comes up against former club Clapton when they visit in the Essex Senior League on Friday night, writes Ned Keating.

The experienced manager backed Mauricio Pochettino to guide Spurs out of this current tricky period

10:00

Clapton will look to make it back-to-back wins in the Essex Senior League when they face Barkingside this weekend.

Justin Edinburgh’s team visit Harrogate Town this weekend eager to leave with a positive result

PROMOTED CONTENT

‘Fostering has been really positive for me, I have no regrets whatsoever.’



Newsletter Sign Up

Hackney Gazette twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read sport

Show Job Lists