Crooks names surprising candidate as Tottenham’s best player against Bournemouth

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Dom Le Roy

Tottenham fell to a 1-0 defeat against Bournemouth in the Premier League on Saturday, after playing almost the entirety of the second half with just 9 men.

The visitors started the game with some enterprising football but failed to take their chances.

Son Heung-Min and Juan Foyth both received red cards either side of half time, leaving Pochettino with massive problems.

However, Spurs held firm until stoppage time before a late header from Nathan Ake broke Tottenham hearts.

Former Tottenham striker Garth Crooks has praised the Spurs manager for his calmness and questioned Craig Pawson’s decisions to send off the Spurs pair.

In his BBC column, Crooks wrote, “Tottenham’s best player against Bournemouth on Saturday was manager Mauricio Pochettino, who managed to remain composed and measured despite some officious refereeing decisions by Craig Pawson.”

He also picked 19-year-old Mark Travers, who had an inspired debut in the Bournemouth goal, in his team of the week.

The 61-year-old further suggested that Tottenham should put the defeat against the Cherries out of their heads as they look to turn a 1-0 deficit against Ajax in Amsterdam on Wednesday.

He added, “Spurs have bigger fish to fry against Ajax in the Champions League semi-final in Amsterdam on Wednesday night.

“Get that right and to hell with the defeat against Bournemouth.”

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It certainly looks like Pochettino has learned from his earlier transgression after the game against Burnley, for which he received a two-game touchline ban.

However, he would have been right to feel aggrieved as both red cards were quite harsh as yellow would have sufficed in both situations.

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