Harry Redknapp paid tribute to his Tottenham team following their 2-0 victory over Newcastle but was disappointed that his team had again been reduced to 10 men.
Spurs beat Aston Villa on Boxing Day despite having Jermain Defoe sent off and they were again unable to finish a match with their full complement of players.
Younes Kaboul was given his marching orders moments after Aaron Lennon had fired Tottenham in front against the Magpies for pushing his head towards Cheick Tiote.
He had already received a yellow card and Redknapp admits the dismissal could easily have turned the game in Newcastle's favour.
"He is sorry for what he has done but you can't do that. He had already had a booking and we were winning the game," Redknapp told Sky Sports.
"You can throw games away like that but he will learn. He has been in fantastic form for us."
Spurs actually coped well with their numerical disadvantage, restricting Newcastle's chances and then scoring a second on the break through Gareth Bale.
And Redknapp was delighted to pick up three points that take Tottenham above London rivals Chelsea and into fourth.
"A fantastic result. We went one-up and then we had a man sent off again and I'm disappointed with that," he said.
"You have to keep your discipline at that stage but the lads were fantastic after that.
"We kept the ball well and went and scored another goal with 10 men."
Newcastle had kept Tottenham at bay in a scrappy first half and Redknapp admits it was a stern examination for his side.
He said: "It was difficult to get a game going out there. Newcastle worked hard, they were very organised and had three in midfield.
"But we didn't want to get pulled into a messy game and we got the result in the end with a little bit of class."