No knee jerk rection from Norwich City boss Neil Adams over Martin Olsson’s red card frustrations
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Neil Adams is prepared to take whatever action is necessary over the events that followed Martin Olsson’s dismissal at Wolves, after the left-back appeared to confront referee Simon Hooper.
The City chief planned to speak to his Swedish international and view footage of the second half incident, with television pictures indicating Olsson tried to prevent the official from brandishing a second yellow card following his tug-back on Rajiv Van La Parra in the 1-0 Championship defeat. Olsson’s misery was compounded when Dave Edwards pounced to rifle home a header four minutes after his exit, but Adams admitted he had not seen the incident in real-time.
“You always get upset when decisions go against you but the officials have certainly said nothing to me about any alleged hands on them, but I will review the footage,” he said. “I haven’t spoken to Martin about any hands on but will do. I’ve just been told. I have not seen that because as soon as he got a red card you are turning around to the bench to get substitutes ready. Hopefully there is nothing in it but when we have a look back if there are any consequences we will take it from there. Like I say I will speak to the player and we will review the incident. As soon as the foul was given and he reaches for the cards you turn away and you are thinking about what next to do.”
Adams had no complaints with Olsson’s second offence but felt there was justifiable grounds over the build-up to the opening yellow card.
“The second one was a stronger one for me than the first. I was really disappointed with the first. I didn’t think the game should have got to that stage. I think we should have had a foul prior to that,” he said.
“It’s disappointing when you lose a player for two innocuous incidents just at a point when I thought we were controlling the game, looking good, looking strong and pinning Wolves back.
“Then after the red we get caught before we can get Javier Garrido bedded in. It came at a bad time for us because we looked strong and sharp and that tilted the balance back in their favour. Martin is an excellent defender, an international, and on the second incident maybe you think could he have shown him down the line or made a better decision. They have to make those calls on the spur of the moment and he got it wrong. With him on a yellow card you fear the worst.”