Rufus On Red Card

Rufus Brevett admits that he was bemused by his sending off for two yellow cards on Saturday against Leicester.

He was initially booked in the incident that saw Dion Dublin sent off and he says:

"He kicked me but that happens in games - and I am not too sure if that was a sending off.

"Why I got booked after being kicked, I am not too sure - it is bizarre.

"He said it was an aggressive attitude - but if someone kicks you, what are you going to do. I don't understand it - he confronted me and I just stood there.

"When that happens you know that one mistimed tackle means you are going to go, and I am a bit disappointed that I actually made the tackle - but it was there to go for. I thought I had nicked the ball, but, looking back on it, I probably just missed the ball.

"But there was nothing in it and I didn' t go in to 'do' him - it was a 50-50. But nowadays with chances like that if you don't get the ball you are going to get booked.

"It was the first tackle I made in the game, I think, though as I say I am not too sure why I got the first booking"

Rufus now faces a suspension of one game on Tuesday, but he is philosophical.

"I missed the whole of last season so missing one game won't be too bad," he says.

His place is likely to be taken by Chris Cohen and Rufus feels he will be a more than able deputy.

"Chris Cohen is going to be a very good player and if he plays well on Tuesday it might be difficult for me to get back in but that is the competition for places we have got now at the club," he says.

"Every single position has that and I have had it throughout my career - you need that.

Rufus says Leicester tightened things up after the sending off and explains:

"It is difficult; when teams get down to 10 men it is always hard to break them down because basically they just sit behind the ball and let you have it.

"We just needed that little something extra which we couldn't find but if you had said before the game that we would go there and get a point then we would have been happy.

"But the way the game went, with Marlon coming through and Matthew Etherington having a chance, we were disappointed not to win the game.

"We should have won the match, but I think at the end of the season we will look on it as a good point because they are going to be up there.

"Not many teams will go there and beat them - but we could have nicked it.

"It was a good test and it just shows we have nothing to be afraid of if they are one of the fancied sides.

"We have two home games now and the stumbling block is to win the home games.

"I think we will do quite well away from home but the pressure of playing at home in front of 35,000 has to be overcome and once we do do that it is going to be a good season."

Rufus enjoyed paying his first competitive game alongside Teddy Sheringham and concludes:

"It is nice to be on the same side as Teddy because when I have played against him I have always had little arguments!

"He is a great player."