Bradford City keeper Matt Duke sees red but he’s not angry at referee

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Miguel Michu, right,  scores Swansea’s second goal but things were to go from bad to worse for City keeper Matt Duke Miguel Michu, right, scores Swansea’s second goal but things were to go from bad to worse for City keeper Matt Duke

Matt Duke reflected on his Wembley red card and admitted: The ref had no choice.

The City keeper is banned for the Dagenham game on Wednesday after being sent off for his professional foul on Jonathan De Guzman.

Phil Parkinson felt referee Kevin Friend could have used his commonsense and let Duke off with a yellow card given that Swansea were already 3-0 up.

But the 35-year-old was realistic enough to know that the Leicester official had to stick by the rules.

Duke said: “I’ve got no complaints. I think it was a little bit harsh because he’d toed it for a goal-kick but the ref’s got to make a decision.

“They can’t use commonsense these days, they have to go by the letter of the law. If he thinks I was the last man then so be it, it’s a red card.”

Duke had his hands full before the dismissal as Swansea stamped their authority on the game from the first whistle.

He added: “We had to be at our best to have a chance. Unfortunately we weren’t and they were magnificent.

“Credit to Swansea. I think they are a fantastic team and completely overran us.

“That can happen against a Premier League team but we’ve got to be proud of what we have done. Hopefully everyone at this club can remember this for a long time.

“Of course it’s a massive disappointment but when we reflect on it, whether that’s in a couple of days, weeks or even a few years time, we’ll see what a fantastic achievement it was to get to the final.

“The fans have had a great day, despite the result, and fingers crossed we’ll be coming back in May to give them another great day.

“We’ve got to get back on the league form and hopefully if we have a good push to the end of the season, there’s no reason why we can’t make the play-offs.”

Rory McArdle raved about the performance of Swansea hitman Michu after the Spaniard’s stunning strike for the second goal.

The centre half returned to the City ranks after recovering from his ankle injury. But he never had a moment’s peace against the lethal Michu and Co.

McArdle said: “If you watched him when they were in possession, he was walking about. Then all of a sudden he explodes when he knows where the ball is.

“Look at his goal and Carl (McHugh) has got him tight. There was only one place that ball could have gone which was through Carl’s legs into the bottom corner but that shows the calibre they’ve got.

“He’s been a breath of fresh air for Swansea with the goals he’s scored. He’s worth every penny they paid for him.”

But McArdle stressed that nobody would be licking their wounds as City headed for a celebration dinner.

He said: “The music was on in the dressing room as it was on the way to Wembley as well.

“We didn’t want it to be a nerve-wracking experience and wanted to enjoy it as much as possible.”

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10:16am Mon 25 Feb 13

pudseykid says...

the ref didnt show us Anything, there was a high tackle early on which went unpunished by him, swansea certainly didnt need his help, but they sure got it..Common Sense for a ref, doesnt exist for most of these guys..Duke should have stayed on, very one sided refereering display...i thought
the ref didnt show us Anything, there was a high tackle early on which went unpunished by him, swansea certainly didnt need his help, but they sure got it..Common Sense for a ref, doesnt exist for most of these guys..Duke should have stayed on, very one sided refereering display...i thought pudseykid

10:35am Mon 25 Feb 13

MacG says...

The referee probably had the easiest game he has ever been in charge of. 7 fouls in 90 mins proves the point - unheard of in this day and age. The reason being that we gave them far too much respect instead of getting in their faces and really getting the fans behind them. To be fair though, when we were 4 nil down the City following were superb with continuous support until the final minute.

Unfortunately, referees are not allowed to use their common sense regarding the sending off.

As the film title stated 'A Bridge Too Far'.

Lets now turn our attention to getting behind the boys in our push for a play off place and another trip to Wembley. Next time I hope we will have an even better day out!

CTID
The referee probably had the easiest game he has ever been in charge of. 7 fouls in 90 mins proves the point - unheard of in this day and age. The reason being that we gave them far too much respect instead of getting in their faces and really getting the fans behind them. To be fair though, when we were 4 nil down the City following were superb with continuous support until the final minute. Unfortunately, referees are not allowed to use their common sense regarding the sending off. As the film title stated 'A Bridge Too Far'. Lets now turn our attention to getting behind the boys in our push for a play off place and another trip to Wembley. Next time I hope we will have an even better day out! CTID MacG

11:07am Mon 25 Feb 13

Rambo says...

Its funny reading the 'pundits' views on the red card. The ones I've seen all said the ref had to do it, he can't change the letter of the law because of the situation. These are also the same 'experts' who say refs need to start applying more common sense in decision....
Its funny reading the 'pundits' views on the red card. The ones I've seen all said the ref had to do it, he can't change the letter of the law because of the situation. These are also the same 'experts' who say refs need to start applying more common sense in decision.... Rambo

11:16am Mon 25 Feb 13

BigFigure says...

Wonder what we'll be saying next time a keeper takes down a City player about to tap in to an empty net and he gets only a yellow? The laws have to be applied whatever the context.
Wonder what we'll be saying next time a keeper takes down a City player about to tap in to an empty net and he gets only a yellow? The laws have to be applied whatever the context. BigFigure

11:17am Mon 25 Feb 13

GABRIEL.NORDE says...

The referee COULD have used his own discretion and said, "sod the rule books"(lol)and, SHOULD used it, HOWEVER, THE LADS DID PROUD! Don't matter bout result, what matters is BRADFORD CITY, OUR CLUB, PLAYED AT WEMBLEY IN A MAJOR CUP COMPETION, WITH A FOLLOWING OF OVER 35 OOO+ PEOPLE CHEERING THEM ON. HOW ABOUT THAT!!!
The referee COULD have used his own discretion and said, "sod the rule books"(lol)and, SHOULD used it, HOWEVER, THE LADS DID PROUD! Don't matter bout result, what matters is BRADFORD CITY, OUR CLUB, PLAYED AT WEMBLEY IN A MAJOR CUP COMPETION, WITH A FOLLOWING OF OVER 35 OOO+ PEOPLE CHEERING THEM ON. HOW ABOUT THAT!!! GABRIEL.NORDE

11:24am Mon 25 Feb 13

GABRIEL.NORDE says...

Rambo wrote:
Its funny reading the 'pundits' views on the red card. The ones I've seen all said the ref had to do it, he can't change the letter of the law because of the situation. These are also the same 'experts' who say refs need to start applying more common sense in decision....
In agreement with u Rambo, they all put on their HYPOCRITICAL heads when it involves non-premier league teams. And what bout council now saying that they goin t give the lads a civic welcome home...heehee, IS IT BECAUSE THEY HAVE BEEN LAMBASTED FOR THEIR SHABBY TREATMENT OF "CITY" IN THE PAST?...LOL.
[quote][p][bold]Rambo[/bold] wrote: Its funny reading the 'pundits' views on the red card. The ones I've seen all said the ref had to do it, he can't change the letter of the law because of the situation. These are also the same 'experts' who say refs need to start applying more common sense in decision....[/p][/quote]In agreement with u Rambo, they all put on their HYPOCRITICAL heads when it involves non-premier league teams. And what bout council now saying that they goin t give the lads a civic welcome home...heehee, IS IT BECAUSE THEY HAVE BEEN LAMBASTED FOR THEIR SHABBY TREATMENT OF "CITY" IN THE PAST?...LOL. GABRIEL.NORDE

5:22pm Mon 25 Feb 13

shoesmaker4 says...

just a minor setback
just a minor setback shoesmaker4

5:24pm Mon 25 Feb 13

shoesmaker4 says...

although lost at wembley the lads have done great all of them , also the players fans and phill keep the faith come on city
although lost at wembley the lads have done great all of them , also the players fans and phill keep the faith come on city shoesmaker4

4:15pm Tue 26 Feb 13

Michael Clayton says...

Rambo wrote:
Its funny reading the 'pundits' views on the red card. The ones I've seen all said the ref had to do it, he can't change the letter of the law because of the situation. These are also the same 'experts' who say refs need to start applying more common sense in decision....
Could not agree more.

And totally humiliating to think he might have been kept on just because City were getting stuffed.

Pleased that McLaughlin made it on to the field on Sunday; but not (obviously) in the circumstances.

I am not decrying Duke's heroics but I know who I would rather see in goal over the longer term.
[quote][p][bold]Rambo[/bold] wrote: Its funny reading the 'pundits' views on the red card. The ones I've seen all said the ref had to do it, he can't change the letter of the law because of the situation. These are also the same 'experts' who say refs need to start applying more common sense in decision....[/p][/quote]Could not agree more. And totally humiliating to think he might have been kept on just because City were getting stuffed. Pleased that McLaughlin made it on to the field on Sunday; but not (obviously) in the circumstances. I am not decrying Duke's heroics but I know who I would rather see in goal over the longer term. Michael Clayton

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