An "absolute-chaos" challenge ... Paul Warne can't believe Southend United kept 11 men on the pitch against Rotherham United

An "absolute-chaos" challenge ... Paul Warne can't believe Southend United kept 11 men on the pitch against Rotherham United

By Paul Davis | 15/12/2019

An 'absolute-chaos' challenge ... Paul Warne can't believe Southend United kept 11 men on the pitch against Rotherham United
The tackle. Pictures by Trevor Price

PAUL Warne has condemned the late tackle that left one of his Rotherham United players needing treatment in Saturday's clash at Southend United, branding it an "absolute-chaos" challenge.

Full-back Matt Olosunde was poleaxed by the second-half lunge of Shrimpers wide man Brandon Goodship as he tried to push forward during the 2-2 League One draw at Roots Hall .

Goodship escaped with a booking but Millers manager Warne is adamant the winger should have been sent off.

"I understand that if an opponent breaks and you trip them or pull their shirt it's a yellow card. But that foul was worse than that," the boss said.

The aftermath

The incident happened near to the Rotherham bench and Warne added: "It looked a straight-leg, absolute-chaos tackle. You can see that by the way everyone reacts. I thought it was a stinker."

Olosunde was able to continue playing after being tended to by the club's medical team.

Millers skipper Michael Ihiekwe also went into ref Charles Breakspear's notebook after raising an arm when he confronted Goodship and then complaining to the official.

"The sad reality is that my captain gets the same punishment for moaning to the ref about the challenge as the player who's done it," Warne added. 

"At the time, and I was quite close to it, I thought it was poor."




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