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Monk upset after referee’s decision to dismiss Fabianski
By Andrew Scott Sunday, 7 December 2014 10:59
Garry Monk lamented Lukasz Fabianski’s dismissal after Swansea City were beaten 3-1 by West Ham on Sunday in the Premier League, and internet bookmakers can fully understand why the manager felt like this, as the decision to send off the player was nothing short of controversial.
After the visiting side took a lead 19 minutes into the game, with Wilfried Bony continuing to do a great job as a striker, West Ham retaliated with two very nice headers by Andy Carroll, and Fabianski ended up being dismissed before West Ham’s victory was sealed by Diafra Sakho.
Fabianski was shown a red card after official Chris Foy decided that he obstructed Sakho in a run at goal, but the manager was not very happy at all with the decision made, saying that the striker the one who was first guilty of an infraction.
“It’s obvious that he handles the ball to get past Lukasz, but I think the referee had already made his mind up and was adamant he was going to send him off,” said Monk.
“Whether he saw the handball or not, you’ll have to ask the referee.
“Whether it’s an appeal or not, we’ll have to sit down and have a think about that.”
Swansea’s manager felt that his side did not play like they usually do as they suffered a fourth loss out of six winless road meetings in the Premier League since they were able to beat Manchester United in the season’s opening day, in a win at Old Trafford that impressed many fans.
“We had our chances but we weren’t at the level that we have been and that’s the first time this season that I can really say that,” added Monk.
“Every other game we’ve played, we’ve very much competed and it’s been close, but today was not at the level we have been. Some of the defensive mistakes cost us goals.
“Funnily enough, when we did go down to 10 men, I think we played our best football, but it shouldn’t take that to make us switch on and play our better football.
“Unfortunately, we didn’t deserve anything today. We didn’t pick the right options with the ball and we didn’t get on it enough.”
Sunderland’s fans also recently learned that Monk would like to see the red card overturned. Internet bookmakers wonder if a decision will be made regarding this, and what the outcome will be.