Mauricio Pochettino was in no doubt Joe Ralls deserved to be sent off in Spurs’ 1-0 win over Cardiff on Saturday. Ralls was sent off after 58 minutes for tripping Lucas Moura, with the challenge taking place directly in front of Mauricio Pochettino’s technical area.
The Spurs boss was in no doubt the decision was correct, despite Bluebirds boss Neil Warnock angrily disagreeing with the red card.
“Where I was in that moment it was ‘off, red card’. The same reaction as the referee,” Pochettino said.
The Argentinian refused to enter into a public debate with Warnock, however, who made it clear he was frustrated and hit out at Harry Kane for complaining about the challenge to the referee.
“I understand if they complain about the situation,” Pochettino added.
“We cannot take seriously what happened in that moment on the pitch.
“He’s so expressive. He shows a lot of passion. I don’t know him in his life, but in football he’s a manager I respect a lot.”
Eric Dier’s first Tottenham goal since April 2017 put the hosts in front after eight minutes.
But Spurs missed numerous opportunities to extend their lead and were relieved to see a header from Sean Morrison rebound off the post as Cardiff slipped to the bottom of the table.
“I think it wasn’t the best performance. We fully deserved the victory and the three points,” Pochettino added.
“Being honest, we need to improve a lot, we need to kill the games, we need to have more control, be more calm when you play at home.
“We can play better and we need to play better if we want to be a contender at the end to be in the top four.”