SWINDON TOWN: Davies deserved two red cards, claims Thompson (From The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald)
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SWINDON TOWN: Davies deserved two red cards, claims Thompson
LOUIS Thompson felt Kevin Davies should have been sent off twice during Swindon Town’s 2-1 defeat at Preston on Saturday.
Thompson’s elder brother Nathan was forced off before half-time after Davies clattered into the full-back in the box, while Grant Hall was later lucky not to suffer serious injury when the former Bolton striker lunged at him with a late tackle.
For midfielder Thompson, both challenges warranted red cards and he was disappointed not to see the Lilywhites frontman suitably punished.
“He (Nathan Thompson) has taken a sturdy challenge from Davies. I think he’ll have a scan in the week and see what’s happened,” he said.
“I wasn’t too happy about it, if it was on any player I wouldn’t have been happy about it. He should have been sent off for a couple of challenges – one on Grant Hall as well. The ref’s missed it and we’ve just got to move on.
“You can expect a level of physicality but those sort of tackles you can’t expect. That’s hurting people, that’s injuring people. Grant’s got lucky, it could have been another bad one. You expect a physical battle but not those kind of challenges.”
Thompson accepted that Swindon were well below par on the day at Deepdale and he has urged his teammates to use the experience as a lesson in their development.
“It wasn’t a great game. We came on strongly in the last 15 but it was too little, too late. I don’t know what’s happened,” he said. “We’ve got to build from this, it’s all a big learning curve, and we need to take it on to our next away trip.
“You can’t say it’s to be expected but we’ve got to be better than what we were today.
“The boys realised we weren’t playing up to scratch and it was too late when we started coming on.”
Town remain winless away from home in the league this term, but Thompson feels the statistics don’t tell the entire story.
“You can say it’s up and down results-wise but performance-wise I wouldn’t say it’s up and down,” he said. “This is the first performance since Shrewsbury, I would say, that we’ve had a down.
“We played well at Wolves and should have won, we played well at MK Dons and the red card’s killed us and the two games we’ve had we’ve played well. It happens, it’s football and we’ve got to move on.”
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