Stoke City midfielder Sam Clucas should be embarrassed with himself after his red card in the goalless draw against Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Road on Saturday.
Fans were understandably angered and frustrated with the player’s actions, after he was sent off after just eight minutes at the weekend for a needless stamp on QPR midfielder Josh Scowen.
To stamp on an opposition player is totally unacceptable at any time. However, to do so after just eight minutes into such an important game speaks volumes about the midfielder’s mentality.
It shows a complete lack of discipline and maturity – something that you would not expect from a player of his experience.
His behaviour has told manger Nathan Jones everything he needs to know about the player and it would not surprise me to see him dropped from the team after his three-match suspension is up – and in my opinion he deserves to be.
The Stoke players who remained on the pitch deserve enormous credit for the character and tenacity they showed by being able to grind out a point, having been forced to play for 82 minutes plus injury time with ten men.
The visitors could have even snatched all three points with a chance late on and Jones should be proud of his players for their performance given the difficult circumstances.
All of them that is apart from Clucas, who on another day could have cost his side all three points for his selfish and stupid actions, which left his teammates with a mountain to climb.
If Stoke would have lost on Saturday, QPR would have leapfrogged them in the Championship table, however, they are now unbeaten in five and are only ten points outside the play-off places.
Stoke fans should be talking about their side earning a point at a ground where they rarely come away with anything, but instead the game was completely overshadowed by Clucas’ actions.