Carlton Morris slammed by Lee Bowyer for dangerous challenges in feisty League One play-off clash
PUBLISHED: 11:44 11 May 2018 | UPDATED: 15:30 11 May 2018
Norwich City loan striker Carlton Morris should have been sent-off in Shrewsbury’s 1-0 first leg win at Charlton on Thursday - claimed Addicks’ caretaker boss Lee Bowyer.
Morris was booked for a lunging tackle on Jason Pearce in the first half at The Valley, but Bowyer felt there was a couple of other high boot challenges on Patrick Bauer and Ezri Konsa from the bustling frontman.
Morris and fellow City loanee Ben Godfrey both started the win for Paul Hurst’s men - Jon Nolan unleashing a stunning late half-volley to give the Shrews a slender advantage ahead of Sunday’s second leg return.
“The referee could’ve done a hell of a lot more on a lot of occasions. How Morris didn’t get sent off is beyond me,” said Bowyer.
“I’ve been in the game long enough now and I’ve received enough yellow cards to know when it’s a yellow card and when it’s not a yellow card.
“What’s the difference between Morris’ challenge on Patrick Bauer? He’s nearly taken his head off. He’s done the same to Ezri - and he doesn’t get booked.
“Morris takes Pearce out and then he gets a yellow card. I don’t want to see anyone sent off but if you’re going to book him for one foul, you’ve got to book him for the other one.
“He (the referee) said it wasn’t dangerous - they’re both exactly the same. Someone did it to Harry Kane and they got sent off.
“I want it to be 11 versus 11 - I want it to be fair - but it has to be consistent. That was the only disappointment - I thought the ref did well apart from that.
“The thing that bothers me is when there’s a blatant yellow card for one challenge and exactly the same challenge should be a yellow card but it’s not. It should be consistent.”
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Bowyer felt the Shrews were guilty of persistent time-wasting.
“They’ve got a goal advantage because they were wasting time,” said Bowyer. “They were taking five minutes to take a goal kick from the beginning.
“The game has only started and you’re wasting time? It’s going to be difficult for sure because they are a good team - I just believe my team is better.
“I respect what the manager has done and what the team has done. They finished third, that’s not a fluke from 40-odd games.
“They’re a good team with a certain way of playing, I know it but you have to compete against them. It’s not like we didn’t compete and fight, everyone gave me everything. It was a good strike but we’ve still got another 90 minutes and so much can happen.”