Tottenham boss Nuno Espirito Santo weighs in on Tanganga incident after big defeat

Nuno speaks ahead of Tottenham game against Crystal Palace

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Nuno Espirito Santo refused to be drawn on refereeing decisions that went against his Tottenham team in their disappointing 3-0 defeat against Crystal Palace. The Spurs boss suffered his first Premier League defeat since taking charge in the summer against an excellent Palace side. 

New Eagles striker Odsonne Edouard struck a brace as a late substitute to add to a second half penalty by Wilfried Zaha. It was Patrick Vieira’s first win as Palace boss.  

But this was a Spurs side who were reduced to 10 men early in the second period when the game was still goalless.  

Japhet Tanganga had just been booked for a high challenge on Zaha when he made a late tackle on Jordan Ayew. Referee Jon Moss showed the 22-year-old a second yellow card.  

There were some suggestions that Zaha should also have received more than just a yellow card for his reaction to Tanganga’s first tackle. 

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The pair exchanged pushes but were quickly separated by team-mates. Zaha went on to score a spot-kick after Ben Davies handled a cross by the impressive Conor Gallagher.  

However, Nuno insisted that he had yet to see replays of any incidents and would not comment on Moss’ performance. The defeat ends Spurs’ winning start to the Premier League campaign.  

“A lot of obstacles and a lot of mistakes. So, not a good game. We played the game and it got harder and harder. There were lots of situations,” Nuno told BT Sport.  

“I did not have a chance to see [Tanganga’s tackle]. I don’t know. The referee does his job.  

“I didn’t see the images of the penalty. I did not see. The referees are something that we do not speak about. We look after ourselves. 

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“Today, we didn’t quite do that. We never found the way to play the game, in terms of possession or the spaces on the pitch.  

“We controlled the game in the first half. We did not have any defensive problems. At the beginning of the second half, the idea was to have more attacking situations. 

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“But we didn’t achieve it. After that, all the issues that happened – the red card – make the job of the boys harder against a good team.” 

Zaha’s penalty was his first goal of the season. He then assisted Edouard’s first goal before the former Celtic forward added another soon after.  

The 28-year-old Zaha was involved in an intense battle with Spurs’ new right back Emerson Royal. He then clashed with Tanganga. 

The Palace forward added: “I’ve seen him play before, he’s strong and fast. As a winger you have to think fast about what you’re going to do, but I enjoy battles. I’m happy that we came out on top.  

“To be honest, I’m not the ref, it’s not for me to make decisions. I feel like the referee did the right thing because he got everyone straight up and we got going again.”
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