Tottenham Hotspur certainly had an afternoon to forget when they faced Bournemouth in the Premier League earlier this month.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side were reduced to ten men in the first half when Heung-min Son was harshly given his marching orders by referee Craig Pawson when he reacted after being antagonised by Cherries player Jefferson Lerma.
Spurs’ troubles increased when just two minutes into the second half Juan Foyth was also shown a straight red for a strong challenge on Jack Simpson. The young central defender only came on at half time and did not even touch the ball before being dismissed.
Up until the half time break, Spurs had looked like the more likely of the teams to break the deadlock but were thwarted by debutant goalkeeper Mark Travers who made a string of impressive saves to deny the lilywhites.
Bournemouth took all three points with a late Nathan Ake header, but it was Travers who received the plaudits.
The keeper revealed that after the match his opposite number showed true class by congratulating the youngster with Travers regretting the opportunity not to ask Lloris for his jersey.
Travers told the Bournemouth Echo: “The night before, you think about everything, but it only hits you in the tunnel when you look across and he (Lloris) is standing there.
“I think it just gave me more confidence to do well, it didn’t make me nervous. I felt I was meant to be there.”
“(After the game) he just pulled me and just said, ‘well done’ and ‘keep going’.
“I’m gutted I didn’t ask for his jersey, but it was just in the moment that I forgot to ask for it. Hopefully another time.”
It would have been easy for Lloris to head straight to the changing room following the late defeat but it shows his true character to congratulate his opposite number on his Premier League debut.
It is this type of character and gesture which makes the Spurs squad such a united team under Mauricio Pochettino.
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