Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Blackburn Bully Tactics Knock Spurs off Stride

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Blackburn Bully Tactics Knock Spurs off Stride

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ANDY REID refused to get involved in a war of words with Andy Todd today despite being head-butted by the Blackburn hard man during Tottenham's 0-0 draw at Ewood Park last night.

Spurs manager Martin Jol claimed Reid was sporting a large bump on his head following the 74th minute clash with Todd that left him floored and needing treatment.

Rovers defender Lucas Neill was sent off two minutes later for a second yellow card as a stormy game hit typhoon levels.

Yet Reid was happy to let the matter drop, claiming he couldn't remember the incident.

He said: "I don't really know what happened, to be honest. I can't remember.'' While the Irish international kept his own council, his boss Jol took a swipe at Todd for a misdemeanour that was not spotted by referee Dermot Gallagher.

Jol said: "Blackburn were very aggressive - the evidence is Andy Reid has a big lump on his forehead.

"You can see it [the incident] on television. Sometimes in games like this you get a bit excited and Todd was a bit excited, otherwise I cannot understand this sort of action.

"But it is difficult to talk about another team because that is the responsibility of the other manager."

Jol left Jermain Defoe, Edgar Davids and Michael Carrick on the bench and saw his side struggle to earn a point.

And Reid said: "It's disappointing we didn't get the three points, but this is a hard place to come to and we can be happy we got a point.

"Everyone in this squad can do a job, and that's why the manager brought them in. It's going to be a long hard season and I felt the people that came in did a good job.'' Jol's side lacked the zip they had shown in the opening two games and only came to life after Lucas Neill was sent off for a second yellow card with 15 minutes left.

Even when sub Defoe was sent into the attack to support Robbie Keane, who was captaining the side on his 100th Premiership appearance, Tottenham still failed to carve out a clear cut chance. …

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