Crofts won’t compromise for fear of suspension

Andrew Crofts continues to walk a disciplinary tightrope today, but says changing the way he plays isn't an option.

The combative midfielder remains on four yellow cards - one away from an automatic suspension – after his sending off against Burnley for two bookings last weekend.

One yellow card today from referee Michael Oliver – who has shown 34 in 11 games so far – and Crofts will be watching the game against Leeds next weekend from the stands. Holding back isn't in Crofts' nature.

'No – every game is the same,' said Crofts, who sat out the midweek draw at Millwall.

'I won't think, 'I'm on four yellows' or whatever, that isn't going to come into my head at all. I'll just play the game how I've been playing it and take it from there.

'I don't think the ref needed to do that the other day. I think the first one everyone could see I had won the ball. The second one, yes I fouled, but I didn't think he needed to book me for it.

'If he hadn't done that then I would have had to get five more before I had a suspension. It's a bit frustrating, but you can't think that way and I will take every game the same way as I have been doing and hopefully I can last a while.

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'I want to play in every game available. It wasn't too bad in that it was only the one game and it was a midweek game so I didn't have to wait a week.

'It was one of those games I would have loved to have played in, but the boys did well. It was one point, we could have had all three, but a decent point in the end and we will take it into Saturday now.'

City are back on the TV, with the match put back to a 5.20pm kick-off for Sky Sports purposes, but Croft believes the presence of the cameras will have no adverse effect.

'Personally not for me and I don't think it does for any of the boys,' he said. 'I think every game is the same. It is one of the games you want to play in – they are two points behind us and it is going to be a massive game.

'We fancy ourselves against anyone, we don't fear anyone.'