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Delfouneso: Herd will bounce back from red card disappointment
Nathan Delfouneso backs team-mate Chris Herd after controversial sending off.
25th Oct 2011

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By Dan Harrison

Nathan Delfouneso insists Chris Herd has the mental strength to bounce back from his red card disappointment against West Brom.

The Australian utility man's derby day appearance turned to despair when he was controversially sent off following a tangle with the Baggies' defender Jonas Olsson.

Villa are set to appeal against the red card that was shown to Herd by referee Phil Dowd in Saturday's 2-1 defeat.

The incident inevitably left Herd feeling despondent but fellow academy graduate Delfouneso reckons he will come back stronger.

"He was a bit down after the game and didn't really say much," said Delfouneso.

"But I think he has settled down a bit now and he has got his head right.

"He is just looking to move forward and that is all he can do. He was doing well up until then and hopefully we'll have him back soon.

"He has been doing well in training and he has been performing well. Against Wolves he got man of the match.

"He'll get another opportunity and hopefully he'll take it as well."

Manager Alex McLeish feels Villa have valid grounds for an appeal against the sending off, insisting there was guesswork involved in assistant referee Darren Cann's decision.

"We think we've got a good cause to lodge appeal," said the Villa chief. "It looks like a mistake has been made by a top class official.

"We're disappointed that a mistake can be made at that level. He's made a guess, he's seen something and guessed that Chris stamped.

"Certainly the pictures show there was nothing of the kind, no gesture made.

"We've spoken through official channels and I've got to keep that private but I'm sure they'll agree there has been a mistake there.

"I spoke to Phil, he has to go with Darren Cann's assessment at the time. They are a team as well, so I understand that.

"But it certainly changed the complexion of the game. If we can get the card rescinded then it's a small victory but it changed the dynamic of the midfield."

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