English Premiership

Son's dismissal changed the game, Pochettino believes

2019-11-04 11:19
Son-Heung Min
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Cape Town - Tottenham Hotspurs draw with Everton on Sunday, manager Mauricio Pochettino has revealed that the game changed with Son Heung-min's sending off.

Dele Alli's first Premier League away goal since January looked like giving the visitors their first win on the road in 10 months until Cenk Tosun's late intervention to secure 1-1 stalemate at Goodison Park.

But the comeback was clouded by a terrible injury to Gomes in the second half which saw Son initially yellow-carded before being shown a red by referee Martin Atkinson.

The Portugal international was caught by a late challenge but it was the way he fell awkwardly, as Serge Aurier closed in, which did the damage with his right ankle seemingly at right angles to his shin.

"We were playing well but it's difficult to assess the last ten minutes," Pochettino said. "Talking only about football, it was a very difficult game. We were good but the game changed after the incident."

On the Gomes injury: "We feel very sorry. It's a very bad situation. It's very bad luck for how he landed. We can only send our best wishes to him. It's not about football, it's important that he is okay.

"We feel devastated, it was so, so difficult. Son is devastated. He was very confused. It was difficult to keep calm. It was no intentional. It was so, so bad luck."

On VAR: "I am disappointed with some aspects of the game. VAR must help the referee, but it seems to cause more confusion. It needs reviewing.

"I think our referees need to go to the screen and check. At the moment I do not know if it is helping or if it is causing more confusion."

Tottenham are back in action on Wednesday against Crvena Zvezda in the Champions League before entertain an in-form Sheffield United on Saturday.

Meanwhile, Everton are away to Southampton when the Premier League resumes this weekend.

- TeamTalk Media


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