Both Guus Hiddink and Tony Pulis agreed on one thing last night. Claudio Yacob should have seen red.
On a yellow already, Yacob cynically pulled Oscar down to the ground in the second half.
Hiddink also acknowledge Pulis’ reaction (replacing Yacob almost immediately with Saido Berahino) in his post match interview.
He said “The manager made a wise decision when he took over the role off the referee and took of Claudio Yacob. The referee forgot to do it.”
Tony Pulis was rightfully proud of his team coming away with a point from Stamford Bridge, a result that wasn’t predicted by the bookmakers, but he pointed to the Yacob incident as a key moment in the game.
Pulis said: “I thought he was lucky on the second one, the one where Anthony has given a free-kick, although there was definitely a coming together, so we were a little bit fortunate then and I just did not want to take a risk.”
It’s not often two managers agree on a second yellow card decision but it seems in this instance they do.
Pulis may be all the more agreeable after James McLean scored an 86th minute equaliser from the edge of the box.
Chelsea are back at Stamford Bridge this weekend to take on 11th placed Everton.
Here’s hoping for 3 points to keep the mini-revival alive.