West Brom manager furious with Aston Villa defender challenge

West Bromwich Albion secured back-to-back wins for the first time this season when winning 2-1 at Villa Park on Saturday, with the Baggies coming from a goal down to beat Aston Villa. The sending off of Chris Herd during the first half seemed to change the game even if Chris Brunt missed the resulting penalty, although the visitors were still…

West Bromwich Albion secured back-to-back wins for the first time this season when winning 2-1 at Villa Park on Saturday, with the Baggies coming from a goal down to beat Aston Villa.

The sending off of Chris Herd during the first half seemed to change the game even if Chris Brunt missed the resulting penalty, although the visitors were still able to make their advantage count.

Hodgson was delighted with the performance of his players although he was irked that the referee did not spot a terrible challenge from Alan Hutton on Shane Long which could have led to serious injury.

Long lasted just twenty minutes of the game thanks to the challenge and Hodgson claims the damage could have been very long-lasting.

Hodgson said: “I’m very pleased with the result and the performance but very disappointed about Shane Long’s injury. It was a wicked challenge. I’m angered still by the challenge so, before any of you start talking to me about red cards (Herd), be very careful. If ever I’ve seen a challenge that merited a red card, it was Hutton on Long.”

He added: “It is a scan job but Long is lucky because he could have had two broken legs.

“We are a small squad and to lose players for long periods of time is going to affect us”.

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