Dirty Game.. or just the players?

cattermole-havin-it-at-boroBefore i go onto the match report please let me take a few moments to get a couple of issues of my chest.

The first thing i wish to discuss is Lee cattermole who plays centre midfield for wigan. For those of you who play fantasy football games or prem picks on facebook and etc.. you will be aware that sometimes you have the option of picking a player who you think will end up getting a yellow or red card during a game. The player that I picked this season to be my thug was none other than Lee cattermole! Let me assure you he has got me alot of points this season but the latest red card is something i don’t even want to joke about.

The game between West Han and Wigan was a good typical English game with some strong challenges going in, but there were two tackles that were completely over the top excusing the pun. The first of the two challengers was by Lucas Neil on Cattermole and should have been a red card but the ref choose not to and gave a yellow instead, I belive that lead to the total lack of respect players then had for each other on the pitch. Shortly after that incident there was another flare up involving Scott Parker and a wigan player and when Cattermole came across to intervene, Parker told him to go do one but  using much harsher words, as you could imagine Cattermole wasn’t impressed. I knew after watching this that the next challenge between these two fiery midfielders was going to be explosive and I didn’t have to wait much longer to witness it. Scott parker had the ball and turned away from Cattermole who was hunting him down at pace from 13yrds or so, then Cattermole took to the air and with both legs wraped around scott Parker brought the player down in a heap to the floor. For me not only was that a red card but it was also pre-meditated and if it was a court of law for that reason he would serve a longer sentence so why only a three game ban when he could have ended Parkers playing days.

This all brings me to my second issue which is to use technology for the big issues during a game, such as goal line events, penalties and red cards, it wouldn’t slow the game down at all, it would take 10seconds to watch playback and give the info to the ref when at the moment a ref and linesman could be talking for 20seconds plus another minute to calm down the opposite players so please please someone do something quick..

carlton-cole-mark-nobel-wigan-athletic-west-h_1954069Carlton Cole scored a wondergoal and was then sent off as West Ham beat ten-man Wigan at the JJB Stadium. Cole got the winner in the 34th minute, finishing off a sublime one-touch Hammer’s passing move which ripped the Wigan defence apart.

But the England striker’s joy changed to despair just three minutes later when he received his marching orders for a high challenge on Emmerson Boyce – his second yellow card of the game.

But Wigan were themselves reduced to ten men in the second period as Lee Cattermole was sent-off for a crunching tackle on Scott Parker as the Hammers held firm.

The result means West Ham have pulled four points clear of the Latics in the chase for Uefa Cup qualification via the league.

Referee Stuart Attwell’s card-happy antics will be the main talking point – as well as the two red cards, Attwell issued six yellow cards, not including Cole’s first, in a niggly game which threatened to descend into a nasty affair at one point.

It overshadowed the excellence of West Ham’s goal – a rare bright spot on an evening where beauty came a distinct second to beast.

Early chances

Early on, two fouls by Lucas Neill allowed Amr Zaki and Mido to test goalkeeper Robert Green with free-kicks.

Green’s counterpart Chris Kirkland did just enough to put off Cole as he raced on to Radoslav Kovac’s defence-splitting through-ball, with the West Ham striker commendably staying on his feet instead of opting to throw himself to the floor in the penalty area.

In the 28th minute Mark Noble tripped Cattermole after he skipped past a couple of challenges and he was booked.

Cole followed into referee Attwell’s book for a late tackle on Michael Brown.

However, the striker made amends in impressive style in the 34th minute when he provided the finish to a slick passing move.

Parker slid the ball into David Di Michele who exchanged passes with Noble before playing in Cole on the left of the penalty area and the striker opened his body before curling a shot beyond Kirkland and into the far corner of the net.

Just three minutes later, after Parker had been booked for raking his studs down Michael Brown’s shin, Cole got himself sent off.

Confrontation

His raised foot as Emmerson Boyce went to head the ball could have been construed as dangerous and Attwell produced a second yellow card and then a red, which then sparked a confrontation between Parker and Brown which saw Brown cautioned.

Wigan pressed for an equaliser and in first-half stoppage-time Mido headed Charles N’Zogbia’s left-wing cross wide.

Neill, who rode his luck in the first half, was booked in the 49th minute for a late and high challenge on Cattermole – his studs were showing and he was lucky not to be sent off.

But Cattermole pressed the self-destruct button two minutes later when he jumped into the back of Parker and was shown a straight red card.

Valencia was next into Attwell’s book for obstructing Herita Ilunga in the 60th minute, before a chance fell to Titus Bramble after Boyce and Mido had knocked down N’Zogbia’s corner but he blazed well over.

With 14 minutes to go, Jack Collison, under no pressure from anyone, collapsed in agony as he tried to control the ball on the right touchline.

Jonathan Spector was brought on to replace him while the youngster was still receiving treatment and he eventually departed on a stretcher with his right ankle strapped up.

He was the second West Ham player to leave the field in such circumstances in successive matches after fellow midfielder Valon Behrami sustained a serious knee injury on Sunday.

Valencia had a long-range effort saved by Green and Hugo Rodallega’s overhead kick went wide as even six minutes of added time were not enough for Wigan to grab an equaliser.

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~ by awbroady on March 6, 2009.

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