Kieften­beld fumes: It’s not the way I grew up!

Birmingham Post - - PERSONAL FINANCE -

MAIKEL Kieften­beld has spo­ken of his relief at his red card be­ing re­scinded and his anger at be­ing sent off in the first place.

The mid­fielder played a key part in Blues’ 3-1 vic­tory over Rother­ham on Satur­day. How­ever, he only dis­cov­ered the day be­fore the game that his ap­peal against the dis­missal, at Brent­ford three days ear­lier (pic­tured), had been suc­cess­ful.

The 28-year-old was shown a red card when Neal Mau­pay re­sponded to con­tact by fall­ing to the floor clutch­ing his face.

Hav­ing been vin­di­cated by video ev­i­dence, Kieften­beld picked his words care­fully and de­clined to com­ment on the Bees’ striker.

In­stead he chose to con­cen­trate on an ac­tion he felt was out of keep­ing with the rough and tum­ble of the Cham­pi­onship.

“I think it’s jus­tice,” Kieften­beld said. “It was a bit of a weird week af­ter what hap­pened on Tues­day. I’m just happy I could play, get a win and cre­ate a good feel­ing around the club.

“We’ve been work­ing on it the last few weeks and now there’s a re­sult as well. I would never go to ground like that be­cause it’s not the way I grew up. The one thing about play­ing in Eng­land I like. In Hol­land we play with boys and Eng­land we play with men and that’s what I re­ally like about Eng­land.

“Stuff like that I don’t feel like I’m play­ing against men. The main thing I like about foot­ball in Eng­land is the men­tal­ity, work hard, some­times you kick some­one, some­times you get kicked, but you then get on with it be­cause we are all men and things like that hap­pen on the pitch.

“Of course I was a bit an­gry, but most of all I was dis­ap­pointed. I was dis­ap­pointed for my team be­cause it killed the game for us. We were in the game. It wouldn’t hap­pen on our train­ing pitch or at St An­drew’s.”

Kieften­beld and the squad were given a few days off be­fore re­turn­ing to train­ing to pre­pare for the next match, at Stoke on Oc­to­ber 20, when he will face Gary Rowett, the man­ager who brought him to this coun­try.

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