Slaven Bilic calls on Kieran Gibbs to be ‘smarter’ after defender was sent off for punching James Rodriguez in the face in a heavy defeat to Everton as the manager himself is also sent to the stands
- Slaven Bilic called on Kieran Gibbs to be ‘smarter’ after a red card against Everton
- The West Brom defender was sent off for retaliation after a push from James Rodriguez
- The 30-year-old responded by shoving James in the face to see a first half red
- In the incident, Bilic was also sent to the gallery after his complaints to officials
West Brom manager Slaven Bilic claimed his defender Kieran Gibbs should have been smarter about avoiding a red card after James Rodriguez clashed with Goodison.
Gibbs was dismissed shortly before half-time for retaliation after being pushed by Rodriguez – shoving the Colombian star in the face.
Bilic was also sent to the stands to face referee Mike Dean as they walked away before the break and Albion, trailing 2-1 at the time, ended up losing the game 5-2.
Kieran Gibbs was sent off for pushing James Rodriguez in the face in a 5-2 defeat to Everton
West Brom manager Slaven Bilic (R) called on his player to be ‘smarter’ after revenge
Kieran made a mistake when James clicked it. He stopped and responded. If he had fallen, it would have been a yellow card for James and certainly not a red one for him, ”Bilic argued afterwards.
He did the worst of the situation by not going downstairs and then reaching out with his hand. He gave the referee no choice. He should have been a bit more cunning and smarter.
James waited and when you do, it’s a straight red. You can’t complain. ‘
Ironically, Bilic at the time complained loudly to Dean when managers were not allowed to speak to officials until half an hour after the final whistle.
Gibbs was given his marching orders to push James in the face after he was pushed
An outright red card is the automatic penalty, although Bilic insists he didn’t abuse. ‘As a manager I should be able to ask the referee what’s going on. It was half time, not like the game was going on, no one was around, ‘he said.
‘I didn’t swear. I asked him in a frustrated way, but I couldn’t cross the line, ”he said. “I told him if you want to kill us, you must kill us. That’s all.’
Bilic was also picked up by TV microphones shouting at Dean ‘Check the foul, check the foul’ – a reference to Everton’s first goal when West Brom believed their defender Darnell Furlong had made a mistake in the build-up.
The Crotian himself was sent to Mike Dean for his protests when he came in halfway through
Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti wants to improve his team despite their impressive start to the season. “We couldn’t control West Brom’s first half transitions,” he said.
‘We had more control in the second half, but I have to be honest and say we had a big advantage with their red card. I think we had a lot of creativity on the offensive with the fullbacks pushing up. ‘