Friday, 30 December 2011

Stephen Hunt's Football Views

Wolves midfielder Stephen Hunt believes his team-mates need to be more streetwise in the Premier League.

He was speaking after the incident which saw Nenad Milijas sent off for a tackle on Mikel Arteta in his side's 1-1 draw at Arsenal.

"Sometimes the reactions of the [opposition] players are clever and they help get the player sent off," he said.

"We should maybe be better at it. We don't do it and are punished."

Hunt cited a recent example in a match against Stoke City when Potters defender Jonathan Woodgate conceded a penalty after previously being booked - but he was not sent off.

He was substituted shortly after by manager Tony Pulis and Stoke went on to win the match 2-1.

The Republic of Ireland international added: "Everyone does it now.

"We have been done in the past - like with Woodgate. We should have surrounded the referee to get him sent off."

Under FA rules players are banned from crowding the referee, but it still happens.

On Wednesday, Liverpool were fined £20,000 for failing to control their players after they surrounded referee Kevin Friend following the dismissal of Jay Spearing against Fulham earlier this month.