Tottenham's on loan full back Adam Smith claimed two yellow's but no red in match at Watford.
Derby County’s away win at Watford seemed like a fairly uncontroversial match and when the final whistle blew there was no reason for any fans to moan at James Linington, the match day referee. He had given quite a few yellow cards out in the game, which in fairness, didn’t seem warranted but never the less there wasn’t much abuse thrown at the isle of white based official.
In the second half Adam Smith put in a dangerous tackle on the edge of the box, he was sat on the floor, looking guilty as sin and rightfully the yellow card was shown. However, the referee showed the yellow card to 33 year old John Eustace in a case of mistaken identity with the 22 year old Adam Smith.
Neither player seemed to make a big deal out of the situation as the game carried on as normal.
Luckily for the sanity of Steve McClaren and the Derby fans that there was no protest by the players, because 10 minutes from the initial incident where he escaped booking, Adam Smith was officially booked for a soft tackle on Watford’s left midfielder. There were a few quizzical faces on the pitch when the red wasn’t shown, however, due to the lack of reaction there was nothing made more of it and Adam Smith was allowed to play the rest of the game.
The irritating point of view from a Watford fan would be that the player was still on the pitch when Derby scored their 3rd and winning goal. Despite not having a part to play directly with the winning goal there is little doubt that his sending off would have affected the flow of the away side and made them restructure their game plan.
He has now had the yellow card credited to his name but will not face suspension as the red wasn’t given in the match.
All’s well that ends well, unless you’re a Watford fan, then you’re entitled to be a little bit miffed.
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