Head Coach Presser

Friday 30 August 2019 22:30

The game changing decision to send Harry Arter off may have been hasty, according to Scott Parker.

Momentum shifted in Cardiff City’s favour in our 1-1 draw after Arter was shown a second yellow for apparent simulation.

But replays remain inconclusive as to whether or not Sean Morrison clipped the Fulham man, and Parker believes that is the key factor in the decision making process.

“The question you have to ask yourself is: did he get touched?” Parker stated. “If he’s got touched, then it’s a foul.

“Now maybe he has gone down a little bit late, but if he doesn’t go down then they get a corner. I understand what we’re saying here, but if he’s been touched, then it’s a foul.

“The big question is, has he touched him? And for me, [Morrison’s] clearly gone across him and affected him. That’s just my point, that’s how I see it.”

When the interviewer suggested to him that Twitter was outraged at Arter, Parker calmly replied: “You need to understand, this game’s being played at a ridiculous pace, and when we look at things nice and slow in replays, frame by frame, of course things always look worse.

“At the end of the day, when the player’s on the field running at pace… Look, I see it for what it is, I understand that, but my point is that if he’s been touched then it’s a foul.”

Regardless of his thoughts on the dismissal, Parker knew that it was a pivotal moment in the match.

“It definitely cost us, for sure,” he said. “I thought first half we were poor and I was really disappointed with us at half-time.

“Second half we got more control, played the ball a little more, waited for our moment, moved them around a little bit more, and if let like we got a foothold in the game, and I just felt it was a matter of time until we got on top of that.

“And then going down to 10 men against a team like Cardiff, a tough opposition, they put a lot of pressure on us, and ultimately I look at it as a point well gained.”