Leeds United’s Kyle Bartley was a relieved man on Saturday afternoon as he avoided his tenth booking for the season in Saturday’s 1-0 victory over Sheffield Wednesday, reports the Yorkshire Evening Post.
Bartley, who is one caution away from receiving a two-game suspension, looked to have gone into the referee’s notebook during the second-half of Saturday’s Yorkshire Derby, for a foul on Ross Wallace.
Referee, Michael Jones, opted to book Wallace for diving, as Bartley held his head in his hands believing he was set to miss Leeds’ upcoming fixtures.
The on-loan defender told the YEP: “I knew I hadn’t touched him but I’d seen the referee sprinting towards me. I just don’t want to miss any games.
“It’s a really vital part of the season and I want to be involved as much as I can and try to help the club.”
Chris Wood’s 20th league goal of the season, handed Garry Monk’s side an all important three-points on Saturday, as they moved to fourth in the Sky Bet Championship table and extended their lead over seventh placed Fulham to eight-points.
Monk’s side now have two vital away games against Birmingham City and Fulham coming up, as they look to strengthen their bid for a Premier League return.
Luke Ayling and Pontus Jansson are on the verge of suspension for Leeds, along with Bartley, and Monk will be hoping his defenders can keep a clean slate between now and the end of the season, as the race for promotion gathers pace.
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