A rush of blood

Spurs boss ignored Crouch as he walked off pitch

Last Updated: 06/04/11 10:04am

Graham Hunter told Revista that Harry Redknapp had appealed for calm from Peter Crouch after his first booking against Real Madrid, only for the striker to commit two further fouls and receive an early bath.

"What was really interesting about the Spurs manager's reaction was that he never protested once to the fourth official or the referee."

Graham Hunter

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The Tottenham Hotspur forward received two yellow cards for a pair of over-zealous challenges after just 16 minutes of Tuesday night's Champions League quarter-final.

Spurs went on to suffer a 4-0 defeat, all but confirming a semi-final spot for Real Madrid.

Hunter told Revista: "I watched very closely when the first challenge went in, and (Redknapp) was very disappointed. There was a second foul then before he was booked again, so that's three fouls in 16 minutes.

"When the second foul went in, Redknapp shouted at Crouch to be steady. Then the third challenge came in, and what was really interesting about the Spurs manager's reaction was that he never protested once to the fourth official or the referee. He immediately set about reorganising, and as Crouch walked past he ignored him steadfastly."

Spurs had managed to restrict Real to one goal in the first half, and even carved a couple of half-chances for themselves. But the home side moved up a gear after the break, utilising their one-man advantage to devastating effect.

"There was a murmuring around the crowd at half-time that Real Madrid hadn't been crafty enough," said Hunter. "They'd become disorganised; it's not just a cliché that teams sometimes don't react well to playing against 10 men. But when Adebayor scored his second from a free header, everyone knew what was coming.

"Two little anecdotes: in the 28th-minute when van der Vaart nearly scored, there was a furious row between Casillas and Pepe, who was running away feeling blameless. Casillas called him back and loudly bawled him out.

"Then, just before the third goal, Jose Mourinho was ranting and raving at Marcelo and Ramos to squeeze in a little bit, and to not let Gareth Bale go free. Bale had pushed out to the left wing and Mourinho had lost his concentration so much he came out of his technical area and onto the pitch.

"Mourinho was shouting for his side not to let Spurs back into the game, and they didn't."

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