Stoke City of England coach, Nathan Jones has disclosed that The Potters’ Nigerian star, Oghenekaro Etebo was frustrated in the side’s 3-1 loss to Swansea City on Tuesday, and could have ended up with a red card.
Jones recounted how Etebo got sent off some months back, even after he scored his first goal ever for the team, and the coach admitted he had to move fast to prevent another occurrence in their loss to The Swans.
The Potters’ manager said he noticed that Etebo was already worked up, because the team was not playing well and everything was not going according to their plans, which put him in danger of getting a red card.
Stoke ended up with a 12th loss of the season and now hold 14th spot on the English Championship log, with 51 points from 41 matches, much to the disdain of Etebo, who was booked in the 34th minute for dissent.
Etebo was eventually replaced in stoppage time, but Jones admits it was basically to prevent a repeat of the scenario that saw the battler shown a straight red card against Derby County in November.
Back then, the Super Eagles star, who already has seven yellow cards this season in all competitions, went on to miss three games, which his coach says cannot be afforded again at this crucial stage of the season.
Etebo’s coach declared: ”He’s frustrated because we weren’t playing the way we would like or the way we have been playing lately.
”He has to keep his discipline; because any mistimed tackle and we could have had him sent off too.
”That’s why I brought him off late on when I thought the game was done and we couldn’t afford another sending off.
”It’s a difficult one but they were better than us. We need to be better than that and we will be.”