Rio Ferdinand tells Spurs players what they should have done to prevent Japhet Tanganga red card

By Bobby Vincent

Rio Ferdinand thinks Tottenham's more experienced players could have prevented Japhet Tanganga from being shown a red card in their 3-0 defeat to Crystal Palace.

Spurs were comfortably beaten against their London rivals at Selhurst Park, thanks to a goal from Wilfried Zaha and a brace from new signing Odsonne Edouard.

The visitors were dealt a man disadvantage when the match was still goalless after Tanganga was shown a second yellow card in quick succession.

The 22-year-old defender was involved in a tussle with Zaha after a cynical foul on the Palace star, and both players were booked for their part in the incident.

Just minutes later, Tanganga was shown a second yellow card for a late challenge on Jordan Ayew, but this could have been prevented, according to Ferdinand.

Speaking after the match on BT Sport, the former Manchester United defender said: "I didn't see any of the players getting a hold of Tanganga after.

"But when you step out of this and the game starts again, it's about the experienced players getting a hold of him a young defender, listen calm yourself down.

"These things happen, he’ll get over it but it cost them today."

His BT Sport colleague Peter Crouch also spoke about the game-changing incident.

Crouch said: "Definitely made life harder, it didn’t really need to get involved.

"It was obvious he was miles away from Zaha, this [first yellow card] was needless. The atmosphere lifted, the blood was pumping, you have a bad touch, you see so many times, you dive in and make a rash decision.

"He was having a good game as well, he was doing okay, it was just a rush of blood."

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