NB. This article was written before Watford captain Troy Deeney accepted his violent conduct charge and will now serve a three-match ban with immediate effect.
I honestly hope that Troy Deeney does not get more than a one-game ban, having been charged with violent conduct retrospectively following Watford’s weekend defeat at home to Stoke.
Michael Oliver cautioned him at the time but he did not, by all accounts, see the whole incident where Ryan Shawcross as well as Joe Allen got themselves involved, and while it looked bad, for me it was just what you get when frustrations run high. It’s football, it’s pressure, and I don’t agree with Mark Hughes that it crossed a line and constituted gouging.
I agree with Allen himself, in fact, who called the whole thing “handbags”. Before that, of course, Abdoulaye Doucoure and Mame Biram Diouf had clashed and were both cautioned for a scuffle on the touchline, and these incidents both came in a hard-fought second half, long after Darren Fletcher’s early volleyed goal which turned out to be the winner.
Exactly why the Watford manager, Marco Silva, found it necessary to go and pay young Oliver a visit at half-time, I suppose we will never know, but surely there still has to be room in our game for a team like Stoke to put themselves about… it’s only natural given the run they were on.
I played with their manager and there was no one tougher, believe me. He will have told his men to go out there on their travels and show how much they care. He will also have warned them to show him personally that they did not deserve to be dropped, as he sought solutions to the slump they were experiencing. He will have been demanding a big improvement in terms of aggression, no question about it.
I know Deeney, on the other hand, is Watford’s captain and I’m not saying he should have done what he did either, but I really would hate to think we are getting anywhere near the stage where physical contact is banned completely!
Well done to the England under-17 lads by the way, and I knew their coach Steve Cooper’s dad back in his days as a top ref. Keith had a great personality and that was when you could have a wee go and he would say “consider yourself a lucky boy, next one and you’re off”! Refs simply can’t do that any more, I understand that, but back then you really had to chin someone to see red.
And talking of footballing sons, I was interested to note the family tree of the lad who has put the Blue Brazil in the news! The Blue Brazil is the nickname adopted, after calling themselves the Miners made less and less sense, by Cowdenbeath FC.
They were at home to Berwick Rangers in the Scottish League Two last week when Jordan Garden gave away a bizarre penalty which, if you missed it, you must see for yourself here.
Now that was a centre-forward’s tackle in his own box if ever you saw one!
I never played myself with Jocky Scott, Jordan’s grandfather, but I knew him by reputation and he was a hell of a player. Jocky’s own son, Stuart, who is Jordan’s dad, is now the goalkeeping coach at Dundee United.
Until next time you can catch me on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast every week day on TalkSPORT, 6-10am.