GRAB­BAN SET TO COST NOR­WICH DEAR

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP -

AND that was that. Af­ter the most open and ex­cit­ing pro­mo­tion battle in years, it seems we will be de­nied the fi­nal-day cli­max ev­ery neu­tral de­sires.

Wat­ford are up; Bournemouth will surely fol­low. And if ei­ther of them want to send a thank you card, it should be ad­dressed to a Mr L Grab­ban.

OK, so his ‘punch’ wouldn’t have floored a ten-year-old. But what was the Nor­wich striker think­ing? To have lost his cool with a place in the Pre­mier League at stake is a ma­jor dere­lic­tion of duty and there can be lit­tle doubt that his ab­sence cost Nor­wich a com­fort­able victory.

Alex Neil says Grab­ban will be “dealt with” but, with a three-match ban al­ready winging its way from the FA, the real pun­ish­ment will be watch­ing the play-offs from the stands. For the MIllers, this was the per­fect re­sponse to be­ing docked three points. Heads could have dropped, es­pe­cially af­ter Hooper’s how­itzer.

But they bat­tled su­pe­rior play­ers man­fully, just as they have all sea­son.

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