After such a resolute display in their 0-0 draw with Queens Park Rangers at the weekend, Stoke City manager Nathan Jones has criticised midfielder Sam Clucas for his “lack of discipline” at Loftus Road.
The midfielder was dismissed after just eight minutes following a stamp on QPR midfielder Josh Scowen, which gave his teammates a real mountain to climb at Loftus Road.
But the Potters defended magnificently well throughout the 90 minutes, and are now five games unbeaten following the stalemate in West London. After praising the character shown by his side after the game, Stoke boss Jones slammed the “lack of discipline” shown by Clucas.
He said: “It’s a lack of discipline and that cost us, but we showed real character. It did scupper our well-laid plans, but we showed we were adaptable and every one of them to a man was terrific.”
On another day, Clucas’ sending off could have put the Potters’ in real trouble, and it’s testament to their players that they managed to grind out a well-deserved point.
Here, we take a look at Stoke fans’ reactions to Clucas’ moment of madness, as he was sent off for the second time in his career…
Has anybody seen an apology from @samclucas
— David Cartlidge (@scfcseniorgrump) March 9, 2019
Just seen Sam Clucas’ red card from yesterday. Absolutely diabolical, disgusting behaviour. How he has the cheek to complain about being shown the red card is beyond me. https://t.co/JhiAtujpqV
— Alex Humphries (@Alex_Humphries) March 10, 2019
I tried to give Sam Clucas 0, but it's not recognising it as a score? ????
— Robin Evans (@robin1302) March 10, 2019
Not out to attack your man as it benefited my team (in a way) but wtf what or wasn’t @samclucas thinking today … up there for most bizzzare moments I’ve seen at football so blatant and yet he still protested ???? ????
Bizzare as he’s a great footballer at the championship level
— Michael Kennedy (@MPZK_Kennedy) March 10, 2019
He’s a waste of oxygen that’s what he is!! Hope he never pulls the rid and white shirt on ever again!! ????
— Iain46 (@cloggy_sharks46) March 10, 2019
— Ryan Podmore (@RyanPodmore4) March 9, 2019
— Jeremy Leese (@caribbeanpotter) March 9, 2019