‘Referee should have sent off McClean and Pereyra’, says Graham Poll

Graham Poll feels referee Graham Scott showed “naivety” in sending off Roberto Pereyra on Saturday.

Pereyra was shown a straight red card for kicking out at James McClean after the abrasive winger had smashed the ball into him and then trampled over him.

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“Referee Graham Scott showed a little naivety when dismissing Watford’s Roberto Pereya for retaliation,” Poll wrote in his Daily Mail column. “Pereyra only acted after West Brom’s James McLean had whacked the ball straight at him while he was lying on the ground. Using the ball to strike another player is the same as striking an opponent with a fist.

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“As such McLean should have been sent off with Pereyra. Giving both men the same punishment would have been a lot fairer than the initiator getting a lesser punishment.”

Pereyra, who is the third Watford player to be sent off this season, will now miss games against Everton, Manchester City and Sunderland. Troy Deeney and Miguel Britos are walking a disciplinary tightrope as they are one yellow card away from a suspension. The yellow card amnesty doesn’t kick in until New Years’ Eve. The cards shown at the weekend also moved Watford back to the top of the disciplinary table.

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Watford’s yellow card tally

Holebas 6
Behrami 5
Deeney 4
Britos 4
Amrabat 3
Prodl 2
Pereyra 2
Cathcart 1
Capoue 1
Success 1
Ighalo 1
Guedioura 1
Zuniga 1
Okaka 1
Gomes 1

Total: 34

Watford’s red card tally

Watson
Britos
Pereyra