Premier League: John O'Shea feels Wes Brown's red card against Stoke should be reversed
Sunderland defender John O'Shea hopes sense prevails and Wes Brown's red card from the defeat at Stoke gets overturned.
Last Updated: 25/11/13 6:48am
Brown was controversially dismissed in the first half of Sunderland's 2-0 defeat at the Britannia Stadium for a sliding challenge on Charlie Adam.
Replays showed Brown had clearly won the ball and contact between the players was minimal at best.
Referee Kevin Friend's decision to show him a red card left Black Cats boss Gus Poyet furious, the Uruguayan ripping his coat off and throwing it to the floor in a fit of pique.
"When you see the replays of Wes' tackle it's frustrating, but obviously it's one of those things. It's so frustrating," O'Shea said.
"We were a goal down at that stage but I thought we were in clear control of the game and it gave Stoke a massive, massive lift.
"The ref's not had the best of days, has he? Hopefully the red card will get overturned.
"He took his time over it but he still managed to get it wrong because Wes has clearly won the ball. I don't think he even touched Adam.
"The reaction from Charlie could have been a bit better. I think the reaction of their bench is what the ref has gone on, to be honest.
"You can imagine how gutted he is. He's worked so hard to get back. Fingers crossed it will be overturned and he'll be okay for next week.
"From what we're hearing the linesman might have said he didn't think it was a red card, I don't know for certain. But with the position we're in we can't keep going on about decisions. We need to keep our own focus and work on that.
"We know what a player Wes is and with a bit of common sense, which we need at this time, it will be overturned. It's fairly simple. These things can be overturned when people have made mistakes, so let's just move on with it."