Manager Neil Warnock has a well tried and tested way of dealing with the media when it comes to offering incidents in the game with a fresh viewpoint or angle, and he’s rarely ever slow or shy in coming forward with opinionated accusations about situations where he can help deflect criticism from him, or his players, and slightly alter the narrative.
He was arguably at his best last Saturday following Tottenham Hotspur’s win over Cardiff City and with extreme predictability he latched onto the second half sending off of midfielder Joe Ralls.
Having lunged in on Lucas Moura, the only words you can use to describe the tackle are reckless, dangerous and cynical.
Mike Dean rightly showed the player a straight red card for his indiscretion, but the reaction of the Spurs’ players to the challenge, and Harry Kane in particular, may not have been pretty but it was certainly understandable. Kane received a yellow for grabbing hold of Ralls in the aftermath.
In the weird world of Warnock though, apparently it was only worthy of a yellow and it was all Kane’s fault as he spoke to Sky Sports following the game.
“I don’t think he (Kane) needs to do that. He plays for England, I love him. I don’t think you should try to get other pros sent off, just because he’s had a poor game and Spurs were having a poor game.”
“I thought Mike Dean, an experienced referee, was going to give a yellow card from the start. But he left it – there were one or two busy people around today, the linesman and the fourth official – and I’m sure one of those influenced them. I think when he looks tonight he would have given a yellow card nine times out of 10 if it was left to him. I think he was wrong.”
He went on to blather about players surrounding the referee and how he was curious if Dean would report on that from a position of being influenced, but a sore loser rarely changes their spots.