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Theo sees red

Posted on 16 May 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).

Inside he must have been seething but Theo Foley managed to keep a lid on his emotions as he reflected on a night of red card madness at the Lane on Tuesday.

Referee Gary Chapman dismissed both Matthew Etherington and Ian Walker for using foul and abusive language in our FA Premier Reserve League encounter against Coventry City.

We lost what was our final reserve outing 2-1 but the talk afterwards, not surprisingly, was all about the sendings off.

Boss Theo said: "I thought Matty Etherington's sending off was embarrassing to say the least - the lad was half-way inside the dressing room when he said 'it's a joke'.

"Ian Walker was obviously making reference to the ball (he shouted out after a back-pass from Ian Hillier) and is a good name to send off.

"I just feel, as I said this to Trevor Peake of Coventry, that referees should be seen and not heard in that type of game.

"We're enjoying the game, there wasn't a viscous tackle in the game, so as far as I'm concerned the least said about him the better.

"I think we make too much of referees when really we should be talking about our spirited comeback.

"Those lads had a real go when we we down to 10 men, and then nine men, and were very unlucky.

"All in all, for me, you just want to play reserve games. If someone is naughty, if someone is silly, they deserve to go off but I bet there are very few sendings off in this league."

In the end we were left with too big a mountain to climb after the impressive Jay Bothroyd had put City 2-0 up and we were down to 10 men.

Ciaran Toner pulled a goal back, Walker was sent off and the nine men had late a penalty appeal turned down.

"I was delighted with the players," added Theo. "They've been terrific. They've all had a go, the young ones especially, Ian Hillier, John Piercy. Tremendous. I've enjoyed it and I would have liked to have finished with a win, but that's life."

By Paul Miles at the Lane