Neil Warnock: Cardiff boss says his sending off against Reading a 'travesty'

Cardiff City celebrate their late equaliser at Reading
Cardiff City celebrate their late equaliser at Reading

Cardiff City manager Neil Warnock was unhappy with the match officials after being sent to the stands during his side's 2-2 draw at Reading on Monday.

The 69-year-old was sent off by referee Steve Martin in the 78th minute, as Cardiff came back from two goals down.

"It's the first time in my career - 37 years - that I've been sent off for asking about someone arching their back," Warnock said.

"No bad language, nothing like that. I thought it was a travesty."

Warnock was unhappy with the performance of referee Martin and fourth official Andy Woolmer.

"It's disappointing really and I've been in to see the officials... I can't understand it. Usually I deserve to get sent-off, but not tonight," he added.

"I don't know whether Woolmer was panicking a bit because he's very experienced.

"I called him over and I suppose the referee is going to enjoy that, isn't he? It's his big night.

"I'm 69, I've been in the game 37 years and I've never been sent off for anything as trivial as that."

'Run around like a madman'

Reading led 2-0 at half-time at the Madejski Stadium after a Callum Paterson own goal and Mo Barrow's strike put them 2-0 ahead.

But after being given his marching orders, Warnock watched on as the Bluebirds rescued a point with two goals in the final seven minutes from Joe Bennett and Lee Tomlin.

Cardiff manager Neil Warnock shows his displeasure to referee Steve Martin
Cardiff manager Neil Warnock shows his displeasure to referee Steve Martin

"I saw it all, sat down with a cup of tea," Warnock said.

"They told me I could go in the directors' box but this is Reading and I didn't want to go near their fans.

"Then I tried to watch it on my phone but couldn't get 3G so I ended up in the TV room with a couple of their guys.

"But when we got one goal back they left me on my own so I could run around like a madman when we equalised!"

Character and ability

The result saw Cardiff stay within four points of Championship leaders Wolves, and four clear of third placed Bristol City.

"I'm really proud of the lads, we dominated in the second half and could have scored five or six but we got what we deserved," Warnock said.

"We gave two sloppy goals away, both preventable. Patterson took his really well but it didn't really help us!

"I thought at half-time the lads said one or two things to each other and I thought second half we were super really.

"It looked like we weren't going to score when Junior [Hoilett] missed that header but there were great scenes in the dressing room and quite rightly so.

"I thought it showed character, but not only that it showed we've got really good players with real ability."

Cardiff are next in action on Saturday, 16 December at home to 18th placed Hull City.

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