Dawson - Red card cost us
Michael Dawson admits Peter Crouch's dismissal made Tottenham's task against Real Madrid even harder.
By Giscard Gourizro
Last Updated: 06/04/11 8:09am
Tottenham captain Michael Dawson admits Peter Crouch's dismissal made their task against Real Madrid even harder on Tuesday night.
Spurs were hammered 4-0 at the Bernabeu in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League quarter-final tie with the Spanish giants.
Striker Crouch was sent off in the 15th minute when the visitors were 1-0 down after seeing a second yellow and Madrid took full advantage of his absence.
"We go away disappointed, we've got to pick ourselves up because we've got to put in a performance next week," Dawson told Sky Sports HD2.
"After going down to 10 men early on it was so difficult."
Tottenham, who conceded an early Emmanuel Adebayor goal, managed to keep the scoreline to 1-0 by the break, but Madrid ran away with the match in the second half.
"We defended well after giving the early goal away, we got blocks in," added Dawson.
"To give another goal away was disappointing and then they scored two top-class goals.
"The White Hart Lane faithful will be there next Wednesday and we've got to go out and give it our all."
Dawson's team-mate Benoit Assou-Ekoto agrees Crouch's dismissal was the catalyst for Spurs' downfall.
"I am very disappointed by the scoreline," he told skysports.com. "Madrid is a great team but 4-0 is a travesty.
"Since we lost Peter Crouch, it was difficult for us. To be honest the red card was a bit harsh.
"Peter is tall so when he goes to ground it looks dangerous but the referee should know.
"The guy made two tackles in the game after 15 minutes and he is out, that is a bit harsh.
"We are not a team who can defend through all the game so we paid for that because we were a man short.
"We still have a chance because you never know in football, but it was a difficult night against top players."