Hogg sees red in stalemate
DAVID WAGNER believes Jonathan Hogg’s red card was the “game-changer” as his side scrambled to an unbecoming draw with Cardiff.
Hogg tangled with Harry Arter with just over an hour gone, losing composure in an incident which saw him nudge the Ireland international with his head before shoving him to the ground. Referee Michael Oliver did not get a good look in real time but an eagle-eyed assistant saw enough for him to reach for the cards — yellow for Arter and red for Hogg.
The tenor of a match between two sides who did little to dispel gloomy predictions about their Premier League fates shifted immediately. Huddersfield’s forward momentum, which had admittedly drawn only one save of note from Neil Etheridge, was halted in an instant and a previously reticent Cardiff discovered some ambition.
“It was a game-changer, wasn’t it,” said Wagner after banking a first point of the campaign. “The incident with the red card was soft but, to make it totally clear, Hoggy has to solve the situation better. It was two aggressive players in this moment. One was much more clever than the other .”
Cardiff have problems of their own after drawing three consecutive blanks on their return to the top tier. Tuesday’s Carabao Cup clash with Norwich may see the drought end but games against Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester City are next up in an unforgiving September schedule.
“We’re in the Premier League and that’s how it is, at least we’ve got three easy games coming up to get a goal on the board. We’ll score eventually,” joked manager Neil Warnock, who has a worry over Nathaniel Mendez-Laing following his match-ending first-half collision with goalkeeper Ben Hamer.