GW expected Moutaoukil red

Guy Whittingham admitted he was lucky to end the game with 11 players on the pitch as Portsmouth drew 0-0 with Stevenage.

Last Updated: 06/04/13 at 20:43

Guy Whittingham: Lucky escape

Guy Whittingham: Lucky escape

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

A scrappy contest at Fratton Park erupted after 77 minutes when Pompey skipper Johnny Ertl tangled with Anthony Grant on the ground, before Yassin Moutaouakil aimed a head butt at the Boro man.

Moutaouakil got away with just a yellow card from referee Chris Sarginson before Whittingham promptly substituted him and Stevenage boss Graham Westley hauled off Grant.

While Whittingham admits he did not have the best view of the clash, he accepted his midfielder was fortunate not to see red.

"We expected it, I must admit," said Whittingham. "I didn't see the full incident and it was quite close to the linesman on the far side. He saw more of it than we saw. Like any time, you just trust what the officials do is the right thing.

"In those cases where heads touch, you expect the worst - you expect a red card. We didn't want to take any risks and that's why we brought Yassin off. He has done fantastically well for us and I want him to keep playing until the end of the season.

"I haven't asked him what was said or done. We were on the opposite side of the pitch. I'll be waiting to find out and I'm sure he'll let us know what happened."

Whittingham did not feel Pompey performed to their best, but was keen to take the positives as they extended their unbeaten run to five games.

He added: "It's pleasing that we haven't conceded again at Fratton Park; that's the most important thing.

"We didn't look as sharp as we have done in the past and didn't play the ball on the floor as much as we could have done. We didn't play enough football, but we defended resolutely again."

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

C

heck Opta stats.... Sterling is already better than Alexis on pace and creativity and when he can match him physically he will be ten times the player Sanchez ever was or will be!!

hoggylfc
Rodgers: Sterling can be striker

I

expect Pulis to have a nice Christmas dinner with his family- probably all sitting around the table wearing Christmas themed baseball caps, before he gets the call. Realistically he could end up at any number of clubs, it'll be interesting to see which club folds first.

mark.m
For Foxes' Sake, Call The Pulis...

A

s a Liverpool fan, I personally hate Palace. My pick would probably be Arsenal, which is funny because it seems the vast majority of their own fans don't even like them right now.

mark.m
Who Has Got The Likeability Factor?

Footer 365

Premier League: Mario Balotelli handed one-match ban for social media post

Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli has been given a one-match ban by the FA after his controversial post on social media.

Premier League: Agent confirms Hatem Ben Arfa is poised for a January transfer

Hatem Ben Arfa is set for a January move after finding himself unwanted at Newcastle and Hull, his agent has confirmed.

Liverpool: Kolo Toure says Adam Lallana is player of season

Kolo Toure has named Adam Lallana as Liverpool's player of the season despite Raheem Sterling's eye-catching form.

Mail Box

Gonna Party Like It's Your Birthday...

There are an awful lot of folk claiming to share their birthdays with Lionel Messi or Ronaldo, while we have an Arsenal fan who doesn't want to be liked and more...

Manager Of The Month, My A***...

We have a Newcastle fan having a pop at his manager, some mild reaction to last night at Bournemouth, a justication of that Falcao cost and why the Neviller rules...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property