Monk will Maik a big fuss over Kief red card

Birmingham Post - - BUSINESS - Foot­ball Writer

BIRM­ING­HAM City will ap­peal the red card shown to Maikel Kieften­beld in Tues­day night’s hec­tic draw at Brent­ford.

The Dutch­man was dis­missed on 66 min­utes af­ter an in­ci­dent with Neal Mau­pay – in which Blues man­ager Garry Monk felt it was the Bees striker who should have been cau­tioned.

His con­vic­tion at the time was so in­tense Monk was also sent off for his protests. But the Blues boss in­sists ref­eree Tim Robin­son got the de­ci­sion wrong as the game ended 1-1.

“I thought he was go­ing to book their player, so to see the red card was a shock,” Monk said. “Ob­vi­ously, we felt ag­grieved at that, but to then go on and play 25 min­utes with ten men, these play­ers are giv­ing ev­ery­thing.

“They are an ab­so­lute credit to the shirt and the club, you can see that by the way our fans are be­hind them.

“We have had a lot of draws, but all of those draws we can eas­ily turn into wins.

“It was a very good point con­sid­er­ing all the cir­cum­stances, the ad­ver­sity we have had to face against a team that is the sec­ond high­est scor­ers at home. That’s no mean feat.

“I stand here again re­ally proud of my play­ers. It’s seven games un­beaten, you can never un­der­es­ti­mate un­beaten runs. It gives you con­fi­dence and we know we are small mar­gins from get­ting on runs of wins.”

Pressed on whether Kieften­beld made con­tact with Mau­pay, Monk added: “No, not at all, it was a com­ing to­gether, it didn’t war­rant the the­atrics for sure. It was 100 per cent not a send­ing off. If any­thing the player should have been booked for feign­ing that in­jury.”

The Blues boss added: “It’s a tough place to come. Af­ter what hap­pened last sea­son, the play­ers wanted to put that right for our fans and they did more than that tonight.”

But Brent­ford boss Dean Smith stood by Mau­pay’s re­sponse to be­ing pushed by Kieften­beld. Smith said he did not see the in­ci­dent as it un­folded but says the re­play shows Kieften­beld pushes the striker’s head.

“If I am be­ing hon­est I didn’t see it at the time. Some­thing hap­pened, then I turn around and every­one is go­ing a bit ra­dio rental,” Smith said.

“It was a strange one but I have looked back at a mon­i­tor and it’s this side of the pitch so it’s not the clos­est but it looks like Kieften­beld raises his hand to Neal and pushes him in the head and he goes down.

“Is it enough for him to go down? Only Neal will know but don’t blame our player be­cause the fourth of­fi­cial is two yards away and he’s made the de­ci­sion.”

>Blues boss Garry Monk vents his fury af­ter the send­ing-off be­fore be­ing dis­missed him­self By BRIAN DICK

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