Somehow the red card of Adama Traore has been overturned ahead of Friday’s game at the Riverside. Despite the evidence apparently showing him raising his hands the appeal has been heard and accepted today, meaning he is free to start against Leeds in a few days time.
For a club who suffer terribly from red cards it is very frustrating to see a player get away with this. Traore is one of the best players at Boro and easily one of the best wingers in the league so the fact he had seen red on Saturday was a boost for us heading there in such an important game. It’s typical that it has been overturned just before our game against them, our luck hasn’t been in evidence this season and this is just another one of those when you can only really laugh and get on with it. Boro and Leeds are two of the most similar teams this season and whoever wins the game will take a huge step towards the top six, especially with the game being played before all others at the weekend.
So far this season Gaetano Berardi twice, Liam Cooper twice, Ronaldo Vieira, Eunan O’Kane and Samu Saiz have all been sent off for the club, the worst discipline we have seen in many years at the club and although most aren’t really debatable it does seem like we are harshly treated by the referee’s. Saturday was one of the worst, Pierre-Michel Lasogga clean through on goal with Alioksi alongside him and the ref pulled it back to give us a free-kick on the halfway line, moments later he did the same with Saiz, although he wasn’t through on goal. The game on Friday is massive and one thing we do have to do is keep our heads, something Heckingbottom seems to have drilled into the players.