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'Sheer madness': BBC pundit simply can't believe what one Tottenham player did this weekend

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Garth Crooks has said to BBC Sport that he can’t believe that Tottenham Hotspur defender Japhet Tanganga went to ground so soon after getting booked against Crystal Palace.

In shock

The Spurs man picked up a yellow card after a squabble with Wilfried Zaha on Saturday, but rather than be cautious after he continued to play at his usual full blooded pace.

Tanganga was then guilty of going to ground and unfairly stopping a Palace attack just minutes after picking up his first booking, which led to him being ordered to leave the pitch.

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That proved to end any hopes for Tottenham of coming back at Selhurst Park, as they ultimately fell to a 3-0 defeat.

And Crooks took a particularly dim view of Tanganga’s actions.

The BBC pundit said: “The first thing I want to say about this game is well done referee Jonathan Moss.

“Last season both Japhet Tanganga and Wilfried Zaha would have been sent off for their unseemly display of petulance. However, that’s all it was. What came later was sheer madness. To see Tanganga go to ground chasing lost causes two minutes after the previous incident deserved a sending-off.

“Palace wouldn’t have won this game if Spurs had kept 11 players on the pitch but Tanganga lost his composure and his discipline. Zaha, on the other hand, kept his.”

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A big blow

Tanganga has actually been in wonderful form since stepping into Tottenham’s team this season.

However, his latest dismissal rather highlights his inexperience – and shows why he may not quite be ready for a regular starting place just yet.

Tanganga’s absence is unquestionably a blow for Spurs right now, though.

With Eric Dier going off with injury on Saturday, Tottenham are short of central defensive options, and Tanganga may well have started again if he wasn’t suspended.

Spurs are next in domestic action on Sunday when they take on Chelsea, in what looks like another tough test for Nuno’s side.

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