Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp said his poor view at Craven Cottage ruined his day as Spurs were crushed 4-0 by Fulham.
Their fourth round FA Cup tie was meant to be a close affair, but some defensive calamities by Spurs meant the Cottagers led 3-0 after 23 minutes, with Redknapp’s side down to 10 men.
But the 60-year-old boss claimed he did not blame defender Michael Dawson, who was red-carded to set up Fulham’s second goal, which like the first was from the penalty spot, but complained his view of the game was horrendous.
“Whatever could have gone wrong for us went wrong – conceding two penalties and having a player sent off. How can you come back from that?” Redknapp said.
“I thought the second penalty was harsh and I thought the sending-off was harsh. Michael Dawson feels the same. I don’t see what he had done.”
“I don’t know if I will appeal. I haven’t seen a replay yet. Watching a game from that dug-out is the worst view I’ve ever had in my life.”
The decision on whether Redknapp appeals his defender’s automatic one-match suspension plus any further reprimand could come down to his desperation to play a fit player at the back.
The Spurs boss also revealed that defender Younes Kaboul will be out for six weeks due to knee surgery.
“We are struggling. We are down to two central defenders. William Gallas has a hip injury and we didn’t want to use him today.”
“Younes Kaboul is having an operation on his knee. If Dawson is suspended for three games, I’ve only got (Sebastien) Bassong although (Vedran) Corluka can play there.”
Fulham manager Mark Hughes was satisfied his side were able to get the most out of some rare Tottenham errors and run away with the result.
“We wanted to make it hostile coming out of the blocks for them and we managed to force a few errors from their defenders and we capitalised on those situations,” Hughes said.
“They were hampered by the sending off but it was still up to us to put the game beyond them, which we did. Being 4-0 up at half-time is more than you could have hoped for.”
Fulham host either Bolton or Wigan in the fifth round.