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Carson Feels Red Card Was ‘Harsh’

Carson Feels Red Card Was ‘Harsh’

On-loan goalkeeper Scott Carson believes the red card he received in the 4-1 defeat by Manchester United was harsh, and admits it won’t be easy to break back into the starting line-up.

Carson was dismissed for hacking down Carlos Tevez with his feet on 66 minutes as Villa took an early lead against United, only to hit the self destruct button even before half-time. The Liverpool keeper, on loan at Villa for the season was the 2nd player to be dismissed by Rob ‘look at me, look at me’ Styles as he followed Nigel Reo-Coker into the early bath who walked for a second bookable offence.

Talking to this week Carson said:

” think at 3-1 down with only ten men, I think it is a bit harsh but if it it was 0-0, then fair enough. I also think Isaiah Osbourne got back as well and was the last man but I'll take it on the chin.”

Luckily for Villa, manager Martin O’Neill still had a substitution remaining and the woeful Zat Knight made way for reserve goalkeeper Stuart Taylor who came on, and promptly pulled off a smart save from the resulting Wayne Rooney penalty. The former Arsenal stopper then went on to make a number of decent stops, only narrowly being beaten by a close-range deflection that he still managed to get a hand onto.

Following Taylor’s excellent cameo role, Carson is under no illusions that he will merely walk straight back into the side following his one-match suspension (though lets face it, he probably will!)

“He [Taylor] did well. He made a couple of good saves. The penalty was a good save, so fair play to him” Scott added.

'We've got Thomas Sorensen as well. I'm not taking it for granted that I'm number one. I've got to work hard and that is what I've been doing. It is the manager's decision who he picks but I'll just keep working hard and hope I can establish myself.'

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Date:Monday October 22 2007
Time: 12:37PM


Styles gave him a red because Carson's a L'pool player. He's got it in for us Reds.
22/10/2007 12:55:00
Styles is a poor referee. Carson was not the last man. Osbourne was covering on the line and Maloney was covering from the side. NRC was unfortunate, if somewhat rash. He basically committed two fouls, neither dangerous, but mistimed and made to look worse by theatric reactions. If Refs book players that easily UEFA will soon have their way and turn the game into a non contact sport. It might then be time to find something else to do on a Saturday. A very good game was ruined by an over zealous ref and an over helpful Villa defence.
22/10/2007 13:17:00
He denied a clear goalscoring oppurtunity while diving in 2 footed, deserved to go IMHO.
22/10/2007 15:11:00
They even them selves out over the season. You were never in the game really... Clutching at straws.
22/10/2007 18:50:00
The only deserved red card all weekend was Dirk Kuyt on Phil Neville but Pratenburg bottled it and gave him a yellow cos Stevie G might have got upset otherwise!
22/10/2007 19:37:00
please!!! somebody!!! ANYBODY!!!! Does anyone know how many games NRC and Carson are missing? Prizes* for anybody who knows the right answers.
23/10/2007 13:19:00
*There are no prizes.
23/10/2007 13:20:00
Harsh sending-off(s) or not, they are in the past now and we have to get on with it. Carson's is surely only a one game ban, while Reo-Coker will get a ban for his sending off plus an additional ban for reaching five yellow card bookings. I guess that's how it will work.
23/10/2007 16:33:00
carson deserved his sending off leading with the legs and all but surely will only get a one match ban as it wasnt it any way violent. reo needs to learn how to channel his anger because im sure he would be a much better player.
24/10/2007 13:16:00
Not looking forward to returning to the questionable hands of Tommy or Stuart. Neither inspire confidence.
20/11/2007 23:13:00
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