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Spurs defender admits: I was lucky to escape red card at Stoke

22:32 27 April 2014

Danny Rose

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Danny Rose admits he was lucky to escape a red card during Tottenham’s 1-0 victory at Stoke on Saturday, and he says Tim Sherwood was right to substitute him.

The Lilywhites left-back scored the only goal of the game with a first-half header, and he was the centre of attention again after the interval.

Potters captain Ryan Shawcross was shown a second yellow card for a knee-high challenge on Rose, who was subjected to a steady stream of abuse from the home fans for supposedly exaggerating the contact.

The 23-year-old was then upended again, this time by Geoff Cameron, and he reacted angrily by chasing Cameron and pushing him in the chest.

The Stoke fans screamed for a red card and were incensed when referee Andre Marriner only issued a yellow, which did little to improve the atmosphere.

Sherwood responded by withdrawing Rose to “diffuse the situation”, as the head coach put it. And, although Rose looked unimpressed with that decision at the time, he concedes his boss made the correct call.

“I never want to hide,” he said. “It was the right thing that the manager did and it was the wrong thing that I did, reacting like that, and I think I am lucky not to get sent off. We’re over the moon that we’ve held out for the three points.

“Was it difficult having the fans on my back? No I don’t mind that, it doesn’t affect me at all. I did lose my head for 10 seconds because of the bad tackle [from Cameron] but it was nothing to do with the fans, it doesn’t faze me one little bit.

“I didn’t fake it [after the Shacross challenge] - he did catch me through my shinpad.

“At first the referee didn’t give it - I don’t know why he’s changed his mind. It was the right decision though and I don’t think he realised that he’d already booked Shawcross in the first half. He’s booked him again and he’s had to send him off.”

The second-half drama rather took the gloss off Rose’s 33rd-minute goal – his third for the club.

And, although Spurs struggled to see the game out against City’s 10 men, the left-back was pleased to score the winning goal in a victory which gives Spurs a chance of overhauling Everton and finishing fifth.

“It’s about time I started chipping in with a few more assists and goals,” said Rose. “I spoke to the manager, Chris Ramsey and Les [Ferdinand] last week and they said they wanted to see me doing a bit more up the field. It’s nice that I scored and even better that we’ve held out for a big three points.

“Everton slipped up [against Southampton] and they’ve got Manchester City coming up. We want to finish the season on a high and we’ve got two winnable games left.

“I said in the changing room that we don’t have a good record against the top four but if that’s the case then we have to make sure we beat the teams who are below.

“We’ve slipped up twice this season against West Brom and away to Norwich and they’re games that we feel we should be winning. It is a case of ‘what could have been?’ if we had won the games.”

With the season nearly over, Rose has had time to reflect on his own campaign.

“From a personal point of view I think I’ve been a bit inconsistent, compared to how I was last season at Sunderland,” he said.

“I had a bad injury at the start, which didn’t help me at all, but I’m trying to finish as strongly as possible and take it into next season.

“We don’t know the situation with the management so I’m trying to play as well as I can, because if we do have a new manager there are going to be places up for grabs.”

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