Norwich City won’t appeal Barnett red card

Norwich City boss Paul Lambert will not appeal against the red card Leon Barnett received against Stoke City on Sunday.

The defender will therefore be handed a one-match ban and won't be available for the Canaries' Carling Cup tie against MK Dons on Tuesday evening.

Barnett received his marching orders after bringing down Jon Walters and although the incident appeared to have started outside the penalty area, a spot-kick was awarded.

As last man referee Neil Swarbrick had to produce a red card and rather than risk losing the defender for the Premier League clash against Chelsea, the club has decided to accept the defender's punishment.

'No I don't think we would win it (the appeal) so I will just take the consequences of it,' said Lambert. 'If it's a one-game ban then he will miss tomorrow.'


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Lambert confirmed his plans to rotate his squad for tomorrow's cup tie with most of the players that started against Stoke City on Sunday likely to be given the night off.

'There will be changes – there's no doubt that we can't turn it around that quick. The lads that played yesterday had a hard, hard game so the squad is big enough to change it around and that's what I'll do.

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'I'll decide later on today but whatever team I go with will be strong.'

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