Tykes hope for Kay reprieve
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Andy Ritchie is hoping Barnsley defender Antony Kay will not have to serve a ban.
Andy Ritchie is hoping Barnsley defender Antony Kay will earn a reprieve after his sending off at Norwich City.
Kay was dismissed after just 11 minutes of the 5-1 defeat at Carrow Road for hauling down Robert Earnshaw in the box.
But Tykes boss Ritchie felt the decision was harsh and revealed there is a chance referee Ian Williamson could rescind the red card.
"It won't change the result of the game, but it might mean we don't have to lose a player because of the ban," said Ritchie.
"I have had a look at the incident and, from my point of view, there was minimum contact.
"My player had his hand on Earnshaw's shoulder, but he didn't attempt to pull him back or anything like that.
"In the end Earnshaw tripped himself up and, to my mind, went down very easily.
"To his credit, the ref has agreed to have another look at it and we'll just have to see what happens.
"Of course, that was a key moment in the game. Norwich are a very good side, but had it been 11 against 11, I think it could have been a really close and exciting game."
Norwich boss Nigel Worthington was delighted with the result, but is refusing to get carried away by his team currently being second in the table.
Worthington said: "People are telling me we are second in the table, but at the moment, the table means absolutely nothing.
"We still need another 40 points or so to avoid relegation. If and when we do that, then we can have another look at it and reassess the situation then.
"It is a one-off performance against a side who played most of the game with 10 men.
"In the second half, we were very professional and very ruthless and I was pleased with that, but in the first half we got a little bit sloppy and I wasn't happy with that at all.
"In the end it was a win, a good win, but in this game you are never going to win anything with 10 points. There is an awful long way to go yet."