Hogg sees red in stale­mate

Sunday Independent (Ireland) - Sport - - SOCCER - RORY DOL­LARD

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.

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