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Bradley: I’m out for trip to Torquay

Sonny Bradley Picture: Joe Pepler

Sonny Bradley Picture: Joe Pepler

 

Sonny Bradley expects to serve a one-match ban, despite picking up a decisive fifth yellow card in an abandoned game.

The Blues central defender was booked for a foul on Paris Cowan-Hall in the 10th minute of last night’s rain-soaked fixture with Wycombe.

His fifth caution of the season automatically carries a one-game suspension, ruling him out of Saturday’s trip to Torquay.

However, the match with the Chairboys was scrapped at half-time due to a waterlogged pitch, with thunder and lightning also converging on Fratton Park.

And while the goals of Patrick Agyemang and Billy Knott will not count from the 1-1 scoreline at the time, according to the Football Association’s handbook, Bradley’s booking does.

Pompey will seek clarification on the matter this morning – but the rule is there.

And it means the former Hull man will lose his ever-present tag since joining in the summer.

Bradley said: ‘We will try to get in touch with the FA to see what the situation is but I am pretty certain that it does count.

‘It’s silly really because the goal doesn’t count and the result doesn’t count but you’ve got that ruling about the yellow card – and I can’t do anything about it.

‘Obviously, I’m disappointed because I’ll miss the game on Saturday. It’s a tough one to take.

‘I did catch him (Cowan-Hall) to be fair. It was a poor clearance and then it came back.

‘But it was my first tackle and I said “one more chance?” but the ref told me “no, that’s it” and it was a booking straight away.

‘At half-time we had our team talk and were ready to go out. Louis (Langdown) called two minutes and the next thing the gaffer said “game’s off, get changed”.

‘The first thing I thought was whether my booking counted, so I went straight to Steve (Allen) and he said the club would get in touch with the FA – but he thinks that is the ruling.

‘It is very annoying.’

Hours earlier there had been blue skies over Fratton but shortly after the game started the heavens opened.

It affected the match as a spectacle, with players sliding around and puddles developing on the pitch.

In the end, referee Lee Collins had no choice but to abandon it at half-time – a decision nobody could question.

And for Bradley, he has never played in such bad conditions before.

He added: ‘It was a difficult experience.

‘We had to deal with it – we had no excuse.

‘But it was hard, especially when the keeper has got the ball and he is bombing it out of his hands and it is coming down on your head.

‘Last season I played in thick snow for Aldershot and how it didn’t get called off I will never know.

‘But I’ve never played in rain that bad.

‘The referee definitely made the right decision to call it off.’

 

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