Stoke plan Griffin appeal
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Stoke plan to appeal Andy Griffin's red card as Darren Huckerby drew praise from his boss.
Stoke City plan to appeal Andy Griffin's red card at Carrow Road as Norwich City's match-winner Darren Huckerby drew praise from his manager.
Huckerby's goal just past the half-hour mark secured The Canaries the points before Griffin was sent off on 83 minutes.
The defender was dismissed for a foul on Youssef Safri, but Stoke boss Tony Pulis was unhappy with referee Paul Taylor's decision.
"I have been to see Paul about the incident and asked him to have another look at it," said Pulis. "We'll certainly be appealing.
"In my opinion Andy went for the ball and got it, and it was the reaction of their player which prompted the referee to act.
"Youssef Safri was so badly hurt he got up a few minutes later and ran over to take their next free-kick.
"That sort of thing goes on a lot these days, it's not just him, and it's something I find very disappointing. If he had got straight back up again, I don't think there would have been any problem."
Huckerby earned Norwich the points for the second time in a week and Canaries boss Peter Grant lauded the forward.
Grant said: "A lot of players have contributed to the good results we've been having recently, but there's no doubt Darren has been our shining light.
"He's performed at a consistently high level and is always a threat in and around goal. He showed again what he could do today.
"It was also a nice back-heel from young (Chris) Martin and that's the sort of thing he is capable of. You can't coach something like that.
"I've no problems with players trying flicks, providing they are in the right area of the pitch - you won't find me complaining if a back-heel like that doesn't come off."