Graham Poll: Jack Wilshere should have been sent off for challenge on Jermaine Pennant

09 May 2011 12:42
ShareUndoubtedly skilled but clearly flawed temperamentally, Jack Wilshere should have seen red against Stoke.

Had Wilshere been a Stoke player then Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger would have been incandescent with rage at his tackling and attitude. The tackle on Jermaine Pennant, not his only poor tackle, was nasty and should have been punished immediately as the delay led to retribution and a melee between players.

Heat of battle: Jack Wilshere (left) clashes with Stoke's Dean Whitehead

EMILE HESKEYJones let down his grassroots refereeing colleagues by failing to dismiss Heskey. The Aston Villa striker lost his cool and then his temper with the Cheshire referee after being fouled, and barged him. His reaction was totally over the top. Jones had seen the foul but played an advantage with Villa still in possession. The FA will not be able to take action as Jones issued a yellow card for Heskey's reaction.

Fuming: Emile Heskey argues with referee Mike Jones

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The Spurs player will be hoping the scan does not show serious damage. A difficult one to spot live and at full speed as referee Lee Probert's vision was blocked. Adam should not have been there to convert the second penalty and his excessive celebration and pointing to his own name may be his last action in a Blackpool shirt.

STEVEN TAYLORTaylor should not have been on the field to score for Newcastle after a deliberate elbow on Cameron Jerome was missed by referee Chris Foy. Since Taylor was not even cautioned, FA action is possible.

In an interesting decision, Liam Ridgewell was sent off after handling the ball on the line, but it was going away from goal, so Foy must have felt Kevin Nolan was going to score before the Birmingham defender's offence rather like Robin van Persie was going to last weekend before Nemanja Vidic handled.

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