Spurs dismissals scuppered my plans, admits boss Pochettino
Bournemouth 1 Tottenham Hotspur 0
Mauricio Pochettino could not help but smile after his best-laid fire-fighting plans were destroyed after three minutes in the 1-0 Premier League defeat at Bournemouth.
Spurs missed out on the chance to seal a top-four spot for next season as they had to play the best part of 50 minutes with nine men following red cards for Son Heung-min and Juan Foyth.
They looked like holding on for what would have been a first away draw of the season but Nathan Ake's injury-time header gave the Cherries a win they barely deserved.
The visitors were in control in the first half and had it not been for debutant goalkeeper Mark Travers - who is only 19 years of age - they would have been out of sight by the time Son was dismissed for lashing out at Jefferson Lerma.
With Eric Dier also lucky to avoid a red card and Toby Alderweireld on a yellow, Pochettino opted to bring the pair off at half-time, bringing Foyth on for Alderweireld.
But three minutes later Foyth was back in the dressing room after an over-zealous tackle on Jack Simpson.
Asked whether he took Dier off to protect him, Pochettino said: "And Toby too, because he got a yellow card and then the action which was nearly a penalty with Hugo Lloris.
"There was a lot of risk, with Sonny out we needed to provide the team with fresh legs and to try and avoid some more yellow cards.
"But after three minutes the plan didn't work."