Wolves interim manager Steve Davis has defended Diego Costa, after the striker got a red card in yesterday’s 1-1 draw with Brentford.
The 34-year-old was given his marching orders by referee Bobby Madley for tussling with Bees centre-back Ben Mee.
The pair were holding each other in the area, and Costa moved his head into Mee’s. The incident was missed in real time, but VAR then instructed Madley to review it via the pitchside monitor.
It was concluded that Costa had shown violent conduct, and he was dismissed.
It means Wolves are now back to square one with their striker situation.
Costa will now be missing for the next few games, with Sasa Kalajdzic and Raul Jimenez already sidelined.
It is the last thing Wolves needed, but Davis didn’t condemn the star after the game.
He said (via Wolves official): “I haven’t really watched it. Obviously, we had a discussion and Diego has apologised. Something’s happened. We’ll have to look at that this week to see what we do at the weekend.
“He’ll be missing the three games before the World Cup, but it gives other players opportunities, they’ve been waiting and are ready to come on, so we’ll see what happens.
“He’s an unbelievable competitor and players like that play on the edge, so you have to go with that. That’s how they get the best out of themselves. Maybe on this occasion something has occurred, but he has to play on the edge to be the player he is, so you have to accept sometimes that he might get that wrong.”
The incident was analysed on Match of the Day last night, with both Alan Shearer and Ian Wright left stunned by Costa’s behaviour.
Diego Costa has left Wolves in the lurch with red card against Brentford
There was always potential for this to happen given Costa’s character.
But it is the last thing Wanderers needed given Kalajdzic and Jimenez are both unavailable.
It is frustrating he couldn’t just avoid trouble given how close the game was to finishing.
Wolves’ other options to play through the middle, Goncalo Guedes and Hwang Hee-chan, are both out of form so that’s another reason the red card was extremely unhelpful.