Pochettino has his say on whether Serge Aurier should have seen red yesterday

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Serge Aurier went from hero to villain as he took to the pitch against Southampton at the new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium yesterday.

The Ivorian has been in inspired form since his return to the Spurs first team this season, looking especially impressive against Crystal Palace and Leicester City.

However, Aurier struggled from the start against the Saints in the 15:00 kick-off yesterday, getting caught out of position several times within the first half hour.

Serge was then booked for a rather needless slide tackle from behind against a Saints player who was nowhere near the goal and facing the wrong way.

Four minutes later, that yellow turned to red as the right-back was cautioned yet again for a pullback on a Southampton shirt.

This came after it appeared that the ball went out of play, which would have been a Spurs throw, hence why Aurier switched off and felt the need to tug on the opposition player’s shirt.

Pochettino has now revealed that he does not believe the decision was fair (Football London): “For me, it was completely unfair, but it is for me now to talk because I watched the two actions. Completely unfair, but I am not blaming the referee. This type of action happens, today it was against us.

“When I watched the two actions both were not yellow cards. I can say now after we got the three points, but with a different result, I would say the same and be honest. It wasn’t a sending off.”

Spurs Web Opinion:

I have to say that, for me, the red card seemed fair. Although the yellows may have been harsh, both were silly challenges that many would consider cautionable offences. Aurier needs to learn.

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