Swansea boss Carlos Carvalhal accepts linesman's apology after controversial Tottenham opener
By Michael Hincks
Last Updated: 03/01/18 12:02am
Carlos Carvalhal has revealed assistant referee Marc Perry apologised to the Swansea boss after failing to flag Fernando Llorente for offside during Tottenham's 2-0 win on Tuesday.
Llorente headed in against his old club after 12 minutes, though the Spaniard was clearly in an offside position when Christian Eriksen's cross came in.
And with Tottenham's second only coming in the 89th minute through Dele Alli, Swansea also felt aggrieved when Davinson Sanchez escaped a second yellow when bringing down Martin Olsson midway through the second half.
While Carvalhal admitted he can understand the error for the first goal, he was coy when asked about the incident involving Sanchez, who was substituted minutes after the challenge.
"I will not talk about the referees. The linesman on the right side apologised. It's part of the game, I make mistakes also, so we understand," Carvalhal told Sky Sports after the game.
"The coach of Tottenham also made a clever substitution to take their centre-half off, because everybody knows why.
"But let's talk about the game. We played against a strong team, they played very well with a lot of players between the line.
"With the problems we have, we played with three centre-halves to block the movement of their offensive players."
The defeat means Swansea remain bottom of the Premier League, with Carvalhal unable to build on their win at Watford when hosting Spurs in his first home game in charge.
Swansea were second-best for the majority of the game, and though they came close to equalising in the second half when Mike van der Hoorn headed against the post, it was an altogether uninspiring display at the Liberty Stadium.
Carvalhal said that while he would like to add to his side in January, he is happy with the quality he has seen since taking over.
"What I have seen in these two games, I know I have a team with quality and character. They were brave and fought a lot," Carvalhal added.
"They were disciplined. Let's see if we can achieve one or another player in the market, but if not, I will be with these players, and if they play like this, with the commitment and soul, I am a happy coach, and we can achieve points."
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