Dean spent the first half giving out cards like a poker dealer, so it was inevitable that someone was going to get sent off. It was a physical game, and I don't think anyone but the ref had a problem with that. Zabaleta was stupid to react, but the fact that that was only his second foul of the entire game says everything, and the first one was never a yellow. Once you're on a yellow, you've got to be more careful, but you generally expect to get some warning from the ref rather than being sent off, unless it's a really reckless one. Let's face it, neither foul was malicious, cynical or particularly bad, especially the first one, which he was actually trying to pull out of at the time.
Anyway, I though we were comfortably the better team and the stats show it, other than the only one that's important. It was obviously important to not let them win today and we did that. Had we kept 11 men, I was fairly confident the goal would come and they wouldn't be able to respond (our new-look defence was incredible).
Doing okay so far. The Stoke game was the real disappointment, but 6th place after a start including Liverpool, Arsenal and Chelsea is respectable. We looked like we finally hit form yesterday after a shaky start, and it's come at the right time with a slightly easier (on paper) run coming up. And hopefully all of the other defenders in the league have been shown by Kompany and Mangala how to deal with Costa.
"I think we have all been head butted in the face at sometime in life." - Stuart Pearce