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Robson raging

Posted on 3 January 2001  - 12:00

Tottenham Hotspur (Spurs) Football Club is located in North London. The club is also known as Spurs. Tottenham's home ground is White Hart Lane. The club motto is Audere est Facere (To dare is to do).

An emotional Bobby Robson entered the after-match press conference at White Hart Lane still attempting to come to terms with the fact that not only did his side leave empty-handed, but also finished the game with nine men on the pitch following the red cards shown to Nolberto Solano and Kieron Dyer.

"I'm just trying to calm down and be sensible and professional about the whole situation," was one of a misty-eyed Robson’s opening soundbites. "I’m just angered by it all."

The former England manager was fuming at referee Steve Bennett’s refusal to award a spot-kick for Ledley King's challenge on Christian Bassedas three minutes before Solano's opener for Newcastle.

"He gave a penalty to Anderton and it was nothing," said Robson. "There was no chance he could get the ball. When you see the foul on Bassedas - Anderton never had the ball - but our fellow actually had the ball in front of goal."

Robson, who vehemently argued the point with fourth official Andy d'Urso during the first half, added that Kieron Dyer's dismissal for swearing at the assistant referee had not just cost the visitors a point, but a possible victory.

"I don't condone what Dyer did and the club will do the right thing about it. But he was going to be sensational - we lost our match-winner," he lamented. "I might have done the same — not in the same way — but something similar," added Robson, who was furious that Dyer was not awarded a free-kick prior to his dismissal.

"Their keeper had gone off and we were down to 10-10. Dyer has to learn because he is going to get toppled time and time again because he is clever and he's tricky and he runs at defenders. He's going to get some fouls and some fouls referees are going to miss. He's got to learn that. Part of the game is about discipline and you can't respond like that.

"He's apologised and he realises he was silly. He knows he can't do that. In the second half we fought like tigers, we never stopped running, we hit them on the break, we had to defend crucially sometimes but when you have two players missing it's never easy and we lost two of our best."

On the subject of Solano’s exit for handball on the goal-line, Robson continued: "What I’d like to do is smash that ball, not at that referee, but at another referee and see if he could get out of the way of it. From about five yards doing about 225mph. It’s a fast corner, a fast header, a bullet header and he’s got what? One tenth of a second to do something? It’s not intentional. And he got sent off.