Pochettino: The Gomes incident changed the game

Date published: Sunday 3rd November 2019 7:13

Mauricio Pochettino Marco Silva Tottenham

Mauricio Pochettino thinks the “game changed” after Son Hueng-min was sent off for a challenge on Andre Gomes in Tottenham’s 1-1 draw against Everton.

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.

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 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 causing more confusion.”

 

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