26th October 2012
ARGYLE manager Carl Fletcher does not expect his players to curb their passion despite a glut of yellow cards......which means that midfielder Conor Hourihane will be absent from Saturday’s visit to Rotherham.
Conor, 21, picked up his fifth yellow card of the current season during Tuesday’s 2-1 defeat at Cheltenham which means he is banned for the trip to the New York Stadium.
The Pilgrims have collected more cautions than any other npower League 2 side this season - although no reds - but Fletch is unrepentant.
“If you are a midfielder and you aren’t suspended during a season, you aren’t doing your job right,” he said.
“We’ve clipped together [videos of] all our yellow cards and, when you see them all together, you get a better picture of them all.
“Conor got booked on Tuesday for a dive, but we have seen, on the video, that it was a foul.
“Not many are for dissent. Most are for over exuberance – mistimed tackles, which you are going to get.
“Fans and the management team expect 100% commitment, whether it’s going into a tackle, trying to win the game, or do something for your team - sometimes you are going to mis-time them and get a booking.”