Brentford were so close to making history on Tuesday evening.
A Carabao Cup semi final clash against Tottenham Hotspur saw the Bees given an opportunity to progress to a Wembley cup final for the first time in their history.
Unfortunately Jose Mourinho’s side had other ideas.
Goals from Moussa Sissoko and Son Heung-min subjected Thomas Frank’s side to defeat, before a red card saw the result wrapped up for the hosts.
Josh Dasilva was sent off for a nasty-looking challenge on Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg – a tackle that left a nasty mark on the midfielder.
But while the Brentford star took to social media to say that it wasn’t intentional, the Spurs man responded with a sympathetic reply.
Of course you didn’t mean it. So don’t worry. I’m a viking and I am fine. But… You owe me a new shin pad 😇.
— Pierre-Emile Højbjerg (@hojbjerg23) January 6, 2021
Replying to Dasilva’s post, Hojbjerg said: “Of course you didn’t mean it. So don’t worry. I’m a viking and I am fine. But… You owe me a new shin pad.
“You have a great future ahead,, @Joshdasilva.
“Be strong & keep working hard. Best of luck to you and your team. Big hug, Pierre-Emile Højbjerg.”
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There’s no doubt that Josh Dasilva will learn from the experience.
While the challenge was clearly unintentional, the Brentford man could hardly argue with the decision to send him off after such a nasty tackle.
Dasilva looks destined to play in the Premier League and this will certainly be a learning moment for him as he looks to the next step of his career.