Filed: Tuesday, 21st February 2012
By: Staff Writer
Robert Green should miss just the one match as a result of his dismissal against Blackpool tonight.
West Ham United's number one was given his marching orders after bringing down substitute Roman Bednar outside of his area eight minutes into the second half of the game, which West Ham won 4-1 thanks to goals from James Tomkins, Nicky Maynard, Gary O'Neil and Ricardo Vaz Te.
Despite the striker heading away from goal and Green having a covering defender between him and the target, referee Oliver Langford showed no hesitation in issuing Green with a red card for a professional foul - West Ham's third sending off in consecutive matches.
Although the dismissal means Green will face a suspension - unless West Ham appeal, which would appear unlikely in the circumstances - a professional foul usually results in a one-match ban - unlike the three-match suspensions received by Kevin Nolan (versus Millwall) and Matt Taylor (Southampton) for violent conduct.
Heading the list of potential replacements for Saturday's televised home game with Crystal Palace is reserve 'keeper Ruud Boffin - although Marek Stech could yet take the goalkeeper's jersey despite his former club being due a £750,000 payment should the Czech youngster play in two more competitive fixtures for United.
However some supporters may prefer to see the on-loan Henri Lansbury retain the green jersey, given his (comfortable) clean sheet at Bloomfield Road tonight...
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by John J
01:54PM 22nd Feb 2012
''I couldn't go last night, but listened on Five Live SX - the atmosphere sounded fantastic with chants to Lansbury of 'England's No. 1' and 'Are you Ludo in disguise?'. It sounds like Henri did a fantastic job, though to be fair Blackpool hardly threatened our goal after Greenís dismissal.
Wherever Lansbury ends up next season, I'll reckon last nightís match and his performance will be long remembered at West Ham. He was a true hero. However, we need to get promoted and I would feel more comfortable seeing Stech or Boffin between the sticks on Saturday. Lansbury would be a great substitute goalie though, should one of these two suffer some similar unfortunate event.''
12:46PM 22nd Feb 2012
''A great performance last night. Well done to the players and Big Sam for good attractive football and the right attitude towards the game.
The one sour point for me was Big Sam bemoaning the ref again. Whether the sending off was right or not, he made a huge mistake in not having a reserve keeper. What if Green had got an injury in the first minute? Even with 'only' five subs he could easily have picked cover for all areas including the 'keeper. Don't forget we had five recognised defenders on the pitch last night so he could have moved things around if injury or tactics needed it.
The goal keeper is the only true specialist position on the pitch. Blaming the ref was covering his mistake last night.''
11:50AM 22nd Feb 2012
''Am I the only one that finds the GK situatioin strange? For starters why was Boffin brought in because management clearly don't think he's right? Stech is a good young 'keeper, surely he's worth spending £700k on!? If not, why is he still at the club?
And on top of that what happened to Kurucz? If we are not going to use any of those why not buy Almunia as he clearly is not needed at Arsenal!? Really odd! Have any of you guys got answers?''
by David P. Lewis
08:40AM 22nd Feb 2012
''Please guys - there is no such thing as "a red card for a professional foul"! As a referee we struggle against a lack of knowledge of the LOTG all the time and it really makes our job so much harder. And to come from WHU fans as well - unthinkable given our knowledge and passion for the game.
Greeno was sent off for Denying an Obvious Goal Scoring Opportunity, aka DOGSO. I am most happy to assist with any stories to make sure that the correct Laws are expressed.''
11:12PM 21st Feb 2012
''Absolutely have to keep Lansbury in goal for the next game, he totally commanded the box!''
by Phil whufc
11:08PM 21st Feb 2012
''West ham prior to the Millwall game with 11 men: Played 28; Points 53 = average 1.89 points per game.
Last three games finishing with 10 men:
Played 3; Points 7 = average 2.33 points per game.
If we go a man down against Palace I'm cracking open the beer...''