Harry worried by Prutton absence
By Alex Livie
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Harry Redknapp is concerned David Prutton's absence will hit them hard.Southampton manager Harry Redknapp has admitted that the loss of David Prutton for the next ten games could have a huge impact on their hopes of avoiding the drop.
The midfielder felt the full force of The Football Association on Wednesday when they meted out a ten-game suspension for his actions against Arsenal at the weekend.
Prutton was dismissed for a foul on Robert Pires, a decision which prompted the midfielder to launch a torrent of abuse at referee Alan Wiley's assistant.
Wiley intervened and was manhandled by the Saints midfielder - actions which led to his lengthy suspension.
Saints are battling to avoid the drop and Redknapp feels Prutton's absence will be sorely felt.
"We'll obviously miss him," Redknapp told Five Live. "No-one gets more involved than Dave.
"He's a really nice fellow, a great lad. He over-reacted to it - I don't know if it was because he was disappointed at letting his mates down.
"When he looked at the video, he realised it was a bad tackle and he had to go - he had no grounds for arguing.
"He's very sorry for the way he acted - but he's got to move on."
Redknapp believes the ban will be accepted, as he added: "There's nothing we can do about it.
"I can't see any point in appealing - he'll take his punishment.
"He didn't set a good example, but he's played every game since I've been here.
"He'll be a big loss, but there's nothing I can do."