Kevin Phillips: West Brom set for big absence of Sam Johnstone

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Kevin Phillips has questioned the anger of Sam Johnstone after the West Brom keeper was shown red against Cardiff.

The ex-Baggies talisman admitted the anger was understandable after the controversial draw, but the red cards have done no favours.

The stopper was shown his marching orders after the final whistle, with his clash with Aden Flint deemed to have gone too far by officials.

“Such an influential player in terms of Sam Johnstone, you don’t want to lose him for any period,” he exclusively told West Brom News.

“It clearly shows the frustration and how much they care, they’ve been hard done by, but sometimes you just have to accept it.

“You can hear the crowd singing to the referee, that hypes things up as well. There were angry people, but you don’t want to see it.

“You can understand the frustration but getting sent off after the whistle has gone is not going to do anyone any favours.”

We all want to see passion but sometimes it can go too far.

It has since been confirmed that Johnstone will now miss the next three games in all competitions, starting with the FA Cup clash against Brighton.

Alex Mowatt is also suspended for those, meaning the Baggies will now be missing some big names across the next month.

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