West Bromwich Albion boss Alan Irvine has no complaints with referee Lee Mason’s decision to show his side’s Claudio Yacob a red card in their 2-0 defeat at Chelsea in the English Premier League on Saturday.
The Argentinian was on the pitch for only 29 minutes in his first league start of the season after he was dismissed for a challenge on the hosts’ Diego Costa at Stamford Bridge.
The midfielder argued that he had got the ball but Irvine could understand why Mason gave Yacob his marching orders.
“I can see why he sent him off. I don’t think Claudio was trying to do any damage to Diego Costa – he was trying to win the ball – but the rules are such that, if your feet leave the ground with both feet, you’re not in control,” he told the press.
“It was a big, big task from the moment Claudio was sent off.”
The Blues’ Costa and Eden Hazard had already put them two goals up when Yacob saw red as they caused the Baggies all sorts of problems, with the visitors’ goalkeeper Ben Foster called upon to make a string of saves.
“Obviously this is a really difficult place to come,” Irvine continued.
“They’re a top team. We were looking to get off to a good start and obviously the first goal after 11 minutes made it hard.”
“We certainly had to have a shape about us and have discipline but to lose those first couple of goals was obviously against what we were trying to do.”
“We had a gameplan which was made more difficult by the first goal which, I think, was offside but the second one I was disappointed about – we pride ourselves on being organised at set-pieces and we weren’t as organised as we should have been.”