‘Common sense’ approach pleases Sunderland boss Jack Ross after Alim Ozturk’s red card against Portsmouth is overturned

Jack Ross said ‘common sense prevailed’ in the decision to overturn Alim Ozturk’s red card against Pompey.

Tuesday, 14th May 2019, 4:21 pm
Referee Andy Whoolmer shows Alim Ozturk a red card at the Staium of Light

The Sunderland centre-back was ordered off by referee Andy Whoolmer for his challenge on Gareth Evans on Saturday night.

The home side were a goal up at the time thanks to Chris Maguire’s 62nd-minute strike, but had to play the remaining 23 minutes of the game with 10 men.

Pompey were unable to capitalise on their extra-man advantage as the Stadium of Light side secured a 1-0 victory ahead of Thursday night’s second leg clash at Fraton Park.

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Referee Andy Whoolmer shows Alim Ozturk a red card at the Staium of Light

Ross said there was no point dwelling on the decision, which was quashed by the EFL’s Independent Regulatory Commission on Monday following a claim of wrongful dismissal, or it’s consequences at the time for the hosts.

He’s just glad Ozturk will be available for selection for the return leg at PO4.

Ross told the Sunderland Echo: ‘I did think it was the incorrect decision so I'm pleased that common sense has prevailed.

‘It’s obviously disappointing as it does have an impact on the game. but we can't do anything about it now.

‘I don't want to dwell on it too much. It'd be wrong to say that (Sunderland could have extended their advantage) because you have 11 men on the park, you'd score again.

‘You don't know how the rest of the game would pan out. I'm just glad we have him available for the second-leg.’