Hornets lodge Vydra appeal

Watford have lodged an appeal against Matej Vydra’s red card in

Saturday’s 2-1 defeat at home to Middlesbrough.

The striker saw red just two minutes before half-time at

Vicarage Road when referee Steve Rushton adjudged him to have

stamped on Nicky Bailey. The Hornets can expect to hear a verdict

on their appeal later this week.

Watford boss Gianfranco Zola was astonished by the dismissal

post-match, adding: “I understand the referee can see something but

a good indication for the referee is the reaction of the

players.

“No-one in there did anything. It was just that the man (Bailey)

was in front of him, he (Vydra) tried to jump over him and then he

touched but you will see.”

Boro counterpart Tony Mowbray supported Zola’s stance on the red

card. He said: “If you’re sitting where I’m sitting with the sun as

low as it was, I don’t want to give you a Mr Wenger moment but it

literally is 70 yards away. I didn’t even see a tackle, let alone a

sending off, and I think everyone in the stadium is

flabbergasted.

“I was asking the fourth official and he said the referee said

there was intent with six studs showing. It was obviously harsh for

them.”