Troy Deeney revealed he spoke to James McClean after the game about his uncompromising tackling style.
McClean sparked the major flashpoint of yesterday’s game by fouling Robert Pereyra and then smashing the ball at him, prompting the usually laidback Pereyra to lash out.
“James McClean has a certain way of tackling and I’ve spoken to him about it,” Deeney told BBC Sport. “We both know what was said. He did one tackle on me a few minutes before and then he went in and did that, so it’s two in two minutes. He got sent off a few times last season for that tackle. That would be my frustration. He told me he was kicked. If he was then the red card was justified. I didn’t see that part. I just went in because, in my view, it was three of them and one of us and I’ve got to look after my own.”
Deeney was cautioned for his role but the bigger concern is that Pereyra will now miss matches against Everton, Manchester City and Sunderland. McClean, meanwhile, will be banned for one game after picking up his fourth yellow of the season.
“I was right in front of it and I think the kid kicked out,” said Tony Pulis of a player booked 11 times last season and sent off once. “I was more concerned about James than anything else and trying to get him away from the incident, not that I think he did anything, but just to keep him away from it.”
On the subject of suspensions, Sergio Aguero and Fernandinho will miss Manchester City’s game with Watford after being sent off against Chelsea yesterday.