New Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has plenty to be happy about after he secured a tight 1-0 win at London rivals West Ham in his first competitive match.
One thing he wasn't particularly happy with though was the red card given to right back Kyle Naughton midway through the first half. The former Sheffield United player received his marching orders after a point blank Kevin Nolan shot hit Naughton's raised arms in the Spurs box. The penalty was seemingly punishment enough though there didn't seem to be any intention to handball from the defender, however, the 25-year-old was devastated when referee Chris Hoy decided to brandish a red card.
It put Spurs under pressure for the rest of the first half and much of the second half, only seeing some relief when James Collins' second booking evened the sides up at 10-a-piece.
The North Londoners won it with a last minute goal on his debut from young defender Eric Dier.
After the game, Pochettino confirmed that Tottenham would look into appealing against a decision that he branded "unfair."
"I think the red card was unfair," said the former Southampton manager. "It’s possible the club will review the (video) clip and something will happen."
Pochettino was delighted with the way his side dug in after the blow, though, something that is all the more telling considering Spurs were reduced to ten men several times last season before capitulating: "The more important thing is that the team kept calm, carried on and never gave up.
“It’s a big win, and it was a very tough game," he continued.
“We are very happy, and I congratulate my players. The support was unbelievable too. But this is only the first step.”
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