Blackburn Rovers manager Tony Mowbray has described Bradley Dack’s red card during his side’s 1-1 draw with Swansea City on Wednesday night as “unbelievable”.
Dack was given his marching orders for a second bookable offence 67 minutes into the game after a challenge on Matt Grimes, just ten minutes after Swansea had found themselves, when midfielder Tom Carroll has also been dismissed for two yellows, with Mowbray suggesting that referee Jeremy Simpson had been looking to even the game up when sending off the Blackburn man.
Speaking to the Lancashire Telegraph about the result and Dack’s red card after the game, Mowbray said: “Would we have taken a point coming away to Swansea before the game? Maybe.
“But at 11v10 I thought there was only going to be one winner and it felt like the referee levelled the game up a little bit.
“Dack’s second yellow card, it’s unbelievable to think that’s a yellow card. He basically just sticks his backside in to bounce the player as he does every week.”
That red card means Dack will now be suspended for Blackburn’s trip to Ashton Gate to take on Bristol City on Saturday afternoon, ending his run of starting every league game this season, and leaving Rovers without their top scorer, with the attacker having scored ten goals in all competitions during the current campaign.
It also means that Rovers’ run of naming an unchanged side for the last four games will come to an end with Dack now out of the side, regardless of any other changes Mowbray elects to make at the weekend.
Having watched Dack’s second yellow back, I have absolutely no idea how he has been sent off.
As Mowbray says, the Blackburn attacker simply moves to take the ball into his stride, backing into Grimes who appears to make the most of it despite it being hard to see how Dack could know if he was there, meaning it seems hard to justify a booking at all.
It now means Rovers face the daunting task of going to one of the division’s promotion chasers without a key man, although someone such as Lewis Holtby will be desperate to step up to the plate after dropping to the bench recently, and it will mean Dack should be fresher for the Christmas period after his enforced break.