How did Bothroyd get off scot-free?

Jay Bothroyd played his part in Ricardo Rocha's red card
Jay Bothroyd played his part in Ricardo Rocha's red card
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I can see why there’s a sense of injustice over Ricardo Rocha’s red card at Cardiff.

For me, the referee has to either send both men off or give them both a stern talking to.

The problem for Rocha may be that he was seen as the aggressor because he approached Jay Bothroyd in the key incident of Saturday’s clash.

My take on it was the two tussled for the ball and Bothroyd said something to Rocha, which made him walk to him.

In the coming together there was nothing between them and the fact Rocha had claret on his face tells you Bothroyd did his bit.

To be honest, I was amazed there was no action taken against Bothroyd.

That obviously was the game’s key moment and affected the outcome massively.

It really compounded a disappointing day all round for Pompey.

We were already 1-0 down by that stage after a great ball in from Craig Bellamy and Seyi Olofinjana’s run wasn’t tracked.

After the sending off we did okay in spells in the second-half but it was obviously an uphill battle.

I wouldn’t disagree with Steve Cotterill’s assessment that Liam Lawrence, Joel Ward and Jonathan Hogg were the best performers and I thought Ritchie de Laet did okay.

David Nugent ended up having an exchange of words with Steve during the game.

It happens and it has happened to me in the past with the likes of Jim Smith and Terry Fenwick.

These spats are part and parcel of the game because tempers do boil over in the cut and thrust of action.

But fair play, Nugent made his way to Steve to shake hands immediately when he was taken off.

I know there has been a bit made about ill-discipline of late.

There have been some verbals from the likes of David Nugent and Liam Lawrence that can be looked at.

But other red cards have been unfortunate – like Hayden Mullins’ dismissal against Coventry last week.

You get incidents over the season that are unfortunate. I think back to Guy Butters’ red card at Sunderland when we were going for promotion in 1993.

These things happen but I’m sure Steve will look at making sure there’s no unnecessary cards moving forward.