Next Game

Huddsf'ld v Brighton

Tuesday, 21 October 2014, 19:45

Sky Bet Ch'ship

Amex Stadium

Last Game

Brighton 1 - 2 M'boro

Saturday, 18 October 2014, 15:00

Sky Bet Ch'ship

Garcia laments Greer red card

Head coach Oscar Garcia felt skipper Gordon Greer's dismissal in Brighton's 1-1 home draw with fellow play-off contenders Reading "completely changed the game".

Last Updated: 08/03/14 at 19:54 Post Comment

Oscar Garcia: Greer red card 'completely changed the game'

Oscar Garcia: Greer red card 'completely changed the game'

But the Spaniard stopped short of directly criticising referee Fred Graham for his decision to wave a second yellow card to the Seagulls centre back six minutes into the second half.

Greer, booked initially for bringing down Adam Le Fondre in the 36th minute, saw red for a late challenge on the same player.

Brighton were leading at that stage thanks to a 17th-minute own goal from Chris Gunter and Reading went on to clinch a point thanks Royston Drenthe's first goal for the club on 64 minutes.

Garcia refused to reveal his opinions when asked if Reading players had put pressure on Graham to produce a second yellow card by surrounding the referee following the incident.

Choosing his words carefully, he said: "The sending off completely changed the game. We started the second half with good chances to score, but then came the sending off.

"There was nothing else Gordon Greer could have done. The referee saw the challenge and showed the second yellow card.

"This question (the sending off) is for the referee and not for me."

Reading boss Nigel Adkins had no doubt the referee was correct and said: "I thought it was a clear yellow card and therefore a second yellow card and a sending off."

Asked if he felt his players had pressured the referee, Adkins added: "Bruno took one of our players out earlier on so I'm not getting involved in any of that."

Garcia said he felt "pleased and proud" with the way his players kept going with ten men and could not fault their performance.

Albion keeper Tomasz Kuszczak was beaten at his near post when Drenthe struck to hit the equaliser, but Garcia refused to put any blame on the former Manchester United player.

He said: "Tomasz had a late look at the ball. He did make a great save shortly before the equaliser.

"It's not easy to play with ten against 11 but I'm very happy and proud of all of my players. Reading have Premier League players but even against ten men they didn't create a lot of chances."

Adkins was delighted with the way his men responded after "giving away a poor goal".

He said: "We re-grouped and came very strongly in the second half. It's pleasing that Royston is now off the mark and young Michael Hector was superb at centre-half.

"Brighton play some good football; I enjoy watching them play and coming from behind is pleasing after the week we've had with players on international duty.

"The squad has stepped up and done very well. We're in the mix and have some good players in the club who want to do well."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

A

nd let me remind you, the first year City won the Premier League with Augero as their top goalscorer as well as scorer of the decisive goal on the last day of the season, he was pipped to the PFA Young Player Of The Year by.... Kyle Walker.

BlackSpider
Sergio Aguero: The Underrated Genius

W

ait, so now he can get injured when he's not on international duty? It's almost as if his previous injury could've happened at any time and being with the England squad had nothing to do with it.

sailingmagpie
New injury blow for Sturridge

J

ose, you are a man among delicate, sensitive rose petals.

middleoftheshed
'Humble' Jose responds to Roy

Footer 365

Premier League: Garry Monk frustrated after Swansea's defeat at Stoke

Garry Monk hit out at the officials following Swansea's defeat at Stoke, branding a debatable penalty call 'a disgrace'.

Serie A: AC Milan go fourth after win at Hellas Verona; Lazio beat Fiorentina

Keisuke Honda scored twice as AC Milan moved up to fourth in Serie A with a 3-1 win at Hellas Verona on Sunday.

Premier League: Stoke fight back to beat Swansea 2-1 at the Britannia

Jon Walters came off the bench to head Stoke to a 2-1 win after coming from behind against Swansea at the Britannia.

Mail Box

Quick, What's Happening At Palace?

It looks like we might need to give a bit more coverage to Crystal Palace after one reader compiled the number of mentions for each club on F365. Plus, more complaining...

Of Course The Invincibles Underperformed

That was a bloody daft question according to the morning mailbox. Plus, how much has changed in the decade since Arsenal's Invincibles? And no more goals, hooray!

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