By Nick Ware

8th Nov, 2021 | 2:40pm

Micah Richards slams Mason Holgate challenge in Everton and Tottenham Hotspur 0-0 draw

Micah Richards was left unimpressed by Mason Holgate’s high challenge on Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg as Everton and Tottenham Hotspur drew 0-0 at Goodison Park.

Holgate, 25, was dropped from the starting XI for the visit of Antonio Conte’s side but he came on for Brazilian midfielder Allan in the 82nd-minute.

However, he lasted just 10 minutes on the pitch as a dangerous challenge on Hojbjerg saw him dismissed.

Initially, Holgate was shown a yellow card by referee Chris Kavanagh, but after being told to check the monitor by the VAR, Kavanagh changed the colour to red.

Speaking on BBC Match of the Day [07/11/21] later in the evening, ex-England defender Richards shared his verdict on the incident.

“It had a lot of intensity,” Richards said. “You know when you come on and want to make an impact, he got a little bit excited there, but he can have no arguments with that.

“That is reckless, out of control so, red card.”

No complaints

Holgate did win the ball in his duel with Hojbjerg, but the Everton defender was wild in his follow-through and caught the Danish international high on the leg.

It was reckless, dangerous, and he could have no complaints that a red card was eventually shown his way.

Even Rafa Benitez was unable to provide a defence for Holgate in his post-match interviews.

All in all, it capped an awful week for Holgate.

The 2015 signing from Barnsley produced a poor performance at Molineux on Monday night as Wolves beat the Blues 2-1, and that was noted by Benitez who dropped him in favour of Lucas Digne, with the Frenchman reverting to his usual left-back role to allow Ben Godfrey to partner Michael Keane in central defence.

Then, after being given a brief opportunity in midfield for the closing stages of the game, Holgate produced another baffling moment to leave his side with ten men for the last few minutes of the game.

It didn’t prove to be costly, but it’s another example of Holgate’s struggles at Everton recently, and indeed over the past 12 months.

In other Everton news, Roy Keane has pointed to the Blues as a big example in a passionate Sky Sports rant.

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