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Suspension Hits Again

Gareth Barry will miss our FA Cup clash against Everton after Gordon Bennett decided to book him for celebrating Gabby's goal at the end of todays match.

Maybe our Captain forgot it's now considered a criminal offence to be happy at a teammate scoring a goal, I don't know.

All I do know is when it comes to Steve Bennett there's probably a reason I use the name Gordon.

The booking means Barry has picked up five for the season and must serve an automatic one match ban.

We also have injury concerns after the Blackburn match, which Martin O'Neill also talked about on the official site.

'Gareth was booked so he'll be a big miss next weekend.

'He has been inspirational. I thought he had gone that first week in August. I thought he was definitely on his way.

'I would have given you big odds on him playing for us now at this stage in the season. But I am delighted he is. He has been brilliant.'

As for our injury concerns, Cuellar was withdrawn at halftime as a precautionary measure after complaining of a tight hamstring and it appears that Heskey has picked up an achilles tendon injury during the second half. This obviously calls into question Heskey's England call up.

'Carlos has come back from injury and he has played a lot of games quickly and his hamstrings were very, very tight at half-time.

'We couldn't decide whether he had done some damage or whether it was just tightness so I thought it was best to just leave it and bring Craig on.

'Emile has got a bit of an achilles tendon problem. It was getting worse the longer the game was going on so I brought him off.

'I'm not sure how he is. I am hoping he will come through. I saw him smiling after the match but maybe that was just because we had won. We'll see.'

Writer:Mike Field
Date:Saturday February 7 2009
Time: 9:50PM


Do you not think this was a smart move by Barry. Do something minor that guarantees a yellow card and nothing more (i.e. not a bad tackle) to strategically miss the FA cup tie (which is not as important as the league), but guarantee appearance in the Chelsea game. Not the ref's fault - he applied the rules.
07/02/2009 22:34:00
would rather him miss that match than any other! smart move indeed.
07/02/2009 22:47:00
The ref may have applied the rules, but if the rules are bl**dy stupid, that still makes it a stupid booking ...
07/02/2009 22:53:00
Bobthebuilder - why would he have died into the crowd if he wasn't looking to get booked? He was trying to get booked in a way that wouldn't risk a red card. I think the new offside rule is stupid, but you can't beat city hall - just work around it!
07/02/2009 22:55:00
Barry would arguably been rested for the Everton game anyway. So in that sense it wasn't a stupid booking bet rather a smart move. I remember beckham doing this on more than one occasion.
07/02/2009 23:16:00
I wasn't arguing that Barry didn't do it deliberately, and I certainly wasn't saying that him getting himself booked was stupid - only that a rule that says you can't 'over-celebrate' is bl**dy stupid. Fair enough if the celebration involves danger to somebody, or is deliberately provocative to opposition fans, but short of that, what does it achieve? If the authorities want to take the passion out of the game, why not just ban clapping and cheering on the terraces?
07/02/2009 23:44:00
Funny thing was Carew kicked the ball in to the crowd first and it came straight back out then Barry picked it up did the same and got booked.
chris the villan
08/02/2009 00:23:00
Just read the news of the screws online makes for interesting reading about our friend gordon bennett. Lets not hope he wasn't talking about Barry !!!!!!!!
08/02/2009 01:00:00
Good, get the suspension out the way in the meaningless game at Everton
08/02/2009 10:34:00
hey bless this suspensions. if our first team players dun get suspensions or injuries, MON will kill them with playing them for every game. LOL. dun worry too much, we have gardner/NRC/sidders.
08/02/2009 13:18:00
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