Chopra - I've no regrets
Michael Chopra does not regret picking up the caution which will see him miss the derby with Swansea.
Last Updated: 03/11/09 5:56pm
Cardiff hot-shot Michael Chopra does not regret picking up the caution which will see him miss Saturday's eagerly-awaited derby clash with Swansea.
The striker will miss the derby game - which is being shown live on Sky Sports 1 and Sky Sports HD1 at 12.45pm - after being booked for a foul late on in Sunday's 1-1 draw against Nottingham Forest.
It was the striker's fifth booking of the season and so led to an immediate one-match ban, with Chopra then receiving criticism from some for picking up the caution ahead of the Swansea game.
But the striker - who is the Championship's leading scorer with 11 goals - insists it is a consequence of the way he plays and he would do the same again.
He told Wales Online: "I've been criticised for the challenge, but the ball was there to be won.
"Maybe if it wasn't so wet, I would only have slid two yards instead of five or 10. But I'm a player who will always go for a 50-50 ball."
He added: "Some of my challenges earlier in the game could have earned me a booking.
"But you don't go into a game on four bookings and pull out of a tackle. It's part and parcel of being a footballer.
"It was a matter of time when the fifth booking came along.
"If it wasn't against Forest, it probably would have been against Swansea, knowing what I'm like."