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Rio Ferdinand slams ‘inexperienced’ Tanganga after red card in Tottenham’s loss to Crystal Palace


‘It cost them today’: Rio Ferdinand lashes out at ‘inexperienced’ Japhet Tanganga after being sent off in Tottenham’s heavy loss to Crystal Palace, says he needed a team-mate to ‘calm him down’ as Peter Crouch accepted the challenge calls ‘unnecessary’

  • Rio Ferdinand was devastating to Tottenham’s Japhet Tanganga in loss to Palace
  • Nuno Espirito’s men lost 3-0 in Selhurst Park after his red card
  • Ferdinand said he showed lack of experience to pick up his second yellow
  • Peter Crouch agreed, saying he ‘didn’t have to get involved’ with challenge

Rio Ferdinand delivered a damning verdict on Saturday over Japhet Tanganga’s behavior in Tottenham’s 3-0 defeat to Crystal Palace.

The Spurs defender was shown a second yellow in the second half at Selhurst Park, with the scores at the time, after he shouldered Wilfried Zaha for a brash tackle on Jordan Ayew.

Ferdinand, who watched the game as a BT Sport pundit, felt the eviction cost the Spurs and said he was being punished for a ‘blood blast’, insisting he needed his teammates around him to ‘calm him down’ ‘.

Rio Ferdinand criticized Tottenham defender Japhet Tanganga after his red card against Palace

The expert said the Spurs man showed 'a lack of experience' after picking up his second yellow

The expert said the Spurs man showed ‘a lack of experience’ after picking up his second yellow

“I set up the melee to see if anyone caught Tanganga. When the game starts again, you’ll need someone to calm him down.

“It’s a lack of experience and blood flow. He’ll get over it, but it cost them today.”

Tanganga has started all four of Tottenham’s opening games of the season, impressing in the first three to help the team keep three clean sheets and rise to the top of the Premier League.

But he struggled down the right flank against the menacing Wilfried Zaha, and Ferdinand’s fellow pundit and former Spurs striker Peter Crouch agreed, calling the decisive challenge his red card presented ‘unnecessary’.

He felt sending away was key as Spurs lost 3-0 in a heavy loss at Selhurst Park

He felt sending away was key as Spurs lost 3-0 in a heavy loss at Selhurst Park

Peter Crouch agreed with Ferdinand and said it was ‘unnecessary’ for Tanganga to participate

You see it so often that you dive in and take on that brash challenge.

“It was something he didn’t have to worry about. The first yellow card – it was obvious he was miles away from Zaha, who jumps past him and it was all unnecessary.”

Speaking after the game, Spurs boss Nuno Espirito Santo admitted his side had a tough job with ‘many obstacles’ following their red card

We just watch the game. We had many obstacles to overcome. I think we had the game under control in the first half.

“We didn’t create much, but we didn’t allow too much. We spoke during halftime and the perspective had to improve, but it didn’t happen.’



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