We spoke about it - Southampton boss on Mohammed Salisu's red card versus Tottenham

We spoke about it - Southampton boss on Mohammed Salisu's red card versus Tottenham

Emmanuel Kwame Donkor
December 29, 2021 at 2:51 PM
  • Ghanaian born Southampton defender, Mohammed Salisu saw a red card in the 39th minute of his side's 1:1 draw versus Antonio Conte's Tottenham Hotspurs on Tuesday
  • The 22-year-old was given his matching orders of the English Premier League round 20 fixture after bringing down Son in the penalty box for a second yellow card
  • Southampton manager, Ralph Hasenhuttl, spoke about the red card incident after the game and revealed that he had had a conversation with the Ghanaian player about it before the game

Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl has disclosed that he had a conversation about tackles with Ghanaian defender, Mo Salisu prior to the Tottenham game.

The 54-year-old Austrian said that he spoke to Mohammed Salisu to not go in for the final tackles against the likes of Harry Kane and Son.

Ralph Hasenhuttl noted his unhappiness over the challenge that led to a second yellow card being brandished to the man that has been the heart of Southampton's defense this season.

We spoke about it - Southampton boss on Ghana's Mo Salisu's red card versus Tottenham
Ghanaian born Southampton defender, Mo Salisu. Source: Twitter/@TheSaintCentre.
Source: Twitter
"I’m not so happy with the behavior from Sali in the moment because we have spoken about this before the game that he doesn’t need to make the final tackle", Hasenhuttl said post-match.

The 22-year-old was shown a second yellow card for chopping down fast Spurs forward Son Heung-Min, who beat the Ghanaian with pace to put himself in the penalty box in the 39th minute.

Before conceding that penalty, Mo Salisu had been yellow-carded for clattering into Brazilian right back Emerson, challenging for an air ball in the 27th minute.

The former Real Valladolid defender's foul on the South Korean saw Harry Kane convert from the spot-kick to draw Conte's men level after Saints captain, James Ward-Prowse's 25 minute belter of an opener which came from a Mo Salisu throwing.

Even though he was on the pitch for only 39 minutes, Mo Salisu won two duels and made eight ball recoveries before being sent off according to football app, FotMob.

Mohammed Salisu, who has been outstanding for Southampton in the Premier League this season, playing 20 games across all competitions for the Saints, will miss the game against Newcastle United on January 2, 2022 because of the red card.

The 22-year-old, whose performances this season has seen him named in the EPL team of the week on more than one occasion, declined another call-up to the Ghana Black Stars as coach Milovan Rajevac named his squad for next month's AFCON.

Another Ghanaian defender had better luck in his game as Leicester boss Rodgers hailed Amartey after Liverpool victory

Leicester City boss, Branden Rodgers, has hailed Ghana's Daniel Amartey for his outstanding performance in his side's 1:0 win over Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool.

The Foxes gaffer, reserved special mention for the 27-year-old defender for playing such intense games, first versus Manchester City and now Liverpool, not long after returning to action from covid-19.

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Emmanuel Kwame Donkor
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