Aston Villa are set to appeal the red card shown to Neil Taylor in Saturday’s victory over Bolton Wanderers, reports the Birmingham Mail.
Despite entering the contest in contrasting form, it was a tight game at Villa Park on Saturday, and heading into the final minutes, only Jonathan Kodjia’s penalty separated Villa from bottom of the league Bolton.
Taylor was dismissed in the 94th minute, as Villa edging towards a 1-0 victory over the struggling Trotters.
Steve Bruce was left disappointed by the decision to send Taylor off, and despite agreeing that his defender had committed a foul, he believed that the challenge only deserved a yellow card.
Villa will now appeal Taylor’s red card, with the hope that it will be overturned and that the defender will not serve a suspension following this week’s international break.
The 28-year-old has been key to helping Villa turn their Sky Bet Championship campaign around, with Bruce’s side now heading into the international break just one point outside the play-offs.
Saturday’s 1-0 triumph over Bolton was Villa’s fourth consecutive victory in the Championship, with Bruce easing the growing pressure on himself with an impressive run.
Following the international break, Villa will travel to Molineux to face Wolverhampton Wanderers.
It remains to be seen whether Taylor’s red card is overturned, but Villa seem sure that the defender did not deserve the punishment he received, with Bruce and a number of his teammates voicing their annoyance with the decision.
Taylor has so far been impressive for Villa in the Championship, and if Bruce’s side are to continue their good run against Wolves after the international break, they will need the defender.
The clash with Wolves in under two weeks will give Bruce’s an opportunity to test themselves against quality opposition.
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