Rob Edwards believes Marc Roberts was lucky to get away with a yellow card after his second-half challenge on Carlton Morris ended the striker’s interest in Luton Town’s 1-0 win at Birmingham City.
Morris scored his 12th goal of the season as the Hatters condemned the Blues to a ninth defeat in 11 games, with a powerful header from Alfie Doughty’s cross.
However, shortly afterwards he was thrown onto the pitch by a scissors-like challenge from the Blues defender as he cleared the ball off his right foot but caught Morris off with his left, leaving the 27-year-old in need of extensive treatment. A few minutes later he was replaced clearly suffering the ill effects of Roberts’s challenge.
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City boss Edwards was not happy: “It wasn’t a classic, I didn’t think it ever would be today. But getting to the right ending was really important. We know the Birmingham situation, we’re all fighting for something right now , almost every team in the league, so it was always going to be a battle.
“It was one where we had to compete. It was very, very important to get the first goal, then we had to show some resistance and some things went against us today. We lost a defender in the warm-up, we had to make a change, lost a defender during the game had to put a midfielder in right center we also lost Carlton to a bad challenge some things went against us we had to face him I’m so proud of the guys who want they did that today.
“I thought a yellow card was lenient. His injury was actually a shoulder from when he touched down, so thank God his legs are fine. But we’ll have to assess that now, he’ll need an X-ray. He’s really important to us, he’s ours. top scorer, not just his goals, everything he gives us. We’ll have to see how he is now”.
However, opposite number John Eustace disagreed, feeling that Roberts was difficult: “I haven’t seen him come back. But the big guy up there (Morris) is very competitive and very physical and I thought it was a fantastic entry from ‘Robbo’. I didn’t think it was a yellow card.”
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