By Jack Cunningham

29th Nov, 2021 | 2:10pm

Keith Hackett delivers verdict on Jayson Molumby's red card in West Brom 0-0 draw v Nottingham Forest

Keith Hackett believes that Gavin Ward was right to send West Brom midfielder Jayson Molumby off on Friday night.

The Republic of Ireland international was already on a yellow card when he lunged in and made a poor challenge.

Ward had no hesitation, and he was sent off.

Hackett, speaking exclusively to West Brom News, said: “It’s a reckless challenge.

“Players have just got to learn; they don’t expose themselves in that situation.

“That’s a yellow card, referee right having given an earlier yellow, so in fairness to Gavin Ward, he’s in a really good position.”

Molumby blows his big chance.

Before the game, Valerien Ismael claimed that he had full faith in Molumby and that he knew he could fill in for the suspended Jake Livermore [Express & Star].

So, the last thing he needed to do was get himself sent off, and when you are on a yellow card, you can’t go steaming into challenges like that.

As soon as he left the ground he was in trouble, and Hackett is right about Ward’s positioning; it was absolutely spot on, and he had no hesitation in sending Molumby off.

This was the 22-year-old’s big chance to make an impression and try to knock Livermore out of the team, but that red card could have blown his chances.

Of course, Molumby was just trying to win the ball back for his side, but this could prove to be costly for his place in Ismael’s plans.

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