Leicester City manager Claude Puel has got to be frustrated by how his captain Wes Morgan has been playing. Following his second sending off in just three games, Puel decision to continue to play the Jamaican international with £35 million worth of centrehalves not making the starting lineup has to be puzzling the Foxes fanbase too.
Morgan was well off the pace over the weekend, with Everton’s Richarlison consistently running away from him and giving him fits. Eventually the central defender had to resort to hacking the player down and went into the book just before the break a couple of minutes after his side had found an equalizer.
When around the hour mark he clattered the Brazilian well outside the touchline, there were howls of protest from the sizeable Everton contingent in the stands. Referee Andre Marriner chose to ignore the outrage, but when a couple of minutes later Morgan came chomping down on Richarlison’s heel, the referee had had enough and gave him his second caution, followed by an automatic red card.
Puel was incensed, and remained so even a day later, no doubt feeling that he might have gotten a result even though the Blues were starting to establish a foothold in the game again after the break.
The Leicestershire Mercury are supporting the manager, claiming ‘the Toffees bench rushed to the edge of the technical area to appeal to official (sic)’ -
“Of course the opponent tried to push the referee to take a decision. From the opposition bench it is the same, to put pressure on the referee.
“We know this situation because with just a little foul all the people are crying out and they hope it will be a second yellow card.
“I don’t know if he deserved the second yellow card and the red card. He is unlucky also with the referee’s decisions at the beginning of the season.
“We can play again this game with another decision and I think it will be another result.”
Everton know very well what it is to be hard done by by a poor sending off decision, with both captain Phil Jagielka and Richarlison sent off in earlier games, but I don’t recall hearing Marco Silva whining about it as the Blues picked up draws in both games.