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Farke feared Skipp’s career was over after horror tackle in City win

PUBLISHED: 23:26 17 October 2020 | UPDATED: 09:21 18 October 2020

Angus MacDonald was red carded for a lunge on Norwich City midfielder Olly Skipp Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Angus MacDonald was red carded for a lunge on Norwich City midfielder Olly Skipp Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Paul Chesterton

Daniel Farke feared Olly Skipp’s career might be over after a horror challenge on the Norwich City loanee marred a 2-1 Championship comeback win for his side at Rotherham.

Millers’ defender Angus MacDonald was red carded for an ugly two footed lunge on the Tottenham youngter that sparked a melee involving players from both sides.

City had just got back on level terms, with Michael Ihiekwe bundling Max Aarons’ cross into his own net to cancel out Freddie Ladapo’s first half opener.

Jordan Hugill slotted a 95th minute penalty to seal the win, after Tim Krul had denied Ladapo a second from the spot in the opening period of a pulsating contest.

“I don’t want to speak in a bad, negative way. That is not my style,” said Farke, on the challenge from MacDonald right in front of the home dug out. “I hope and I think there was no bad intention. It was an horrendous scene.

“I feared it was the end of Olly Skipp’s loan spell. Perhaps the end of his career. If I am honest I was surprised that he could play further on.

“I am unbelievably grateful that it seems nothing serious has happened. There are some stud marks on his legs but Oliver seems to be in a good physical condition. I am just happy that after this scene Olly is able to play football.

“That is the Championship. I know this league pretty well. You will get old very quickly in this league as a head coach. For the neutral it must have been a top Championship game.

“I have to give many compliments to Rotherham because it was a top performance. You could see they are in a good rhythm. They had not conceded more than one goal. But I like my team’s performance.

“Not many teams will win here. To come back after being behind and a difficult story of the game. It feels massive.”


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