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Davis: "I Thought Red Card Was Harsh"

9 November 2015

Steve Davis says club right to appeal Garratt's red card.

Steve Davis believes that his number one goalkeeper Ben Garratt made a rash judgement when leaving his penalty area on Saturday to try and halt the run of Eastleigh winger Yemi Odubade, but the Crewe Alexandra manager felt that the punishment of a straight red card was wrong.

Garratt was sent off for the first time in his career for a professional foul but the covering of Ben Nugent certainly prevented an obvious goalscoring opportunity. The club have subsequently made it known that they wish to appeal the red card.

Davis felt the red card was harsh but says that Garratt showed an uncharacteristic rush of blood in his decision making.

Steve told “I’m not sure why Ben rushed off his line. He has done it once before when he was first finding his way into the team but it was an uncharacteristic decision from him.

“As soon as I saw him leave his line, I thought he was not going to make it. He had committed himself and made his mind up to come for it.

“I thought that Ben (Nugent) was there covering and had control of the ball, so I didn’t think it was a red card. It was more likely a yellow card and on another day it wouldn’t have been because Ben had recovered and was behind him.

“Some days you get them and some days you don’t but it is something we have looked at the evidence again and that is why we have chosen to appeal.”

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