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Twitter Reacts as Jason Puncheon Receives Red Card vs. Arsenal

BRENTFORD, ENGLAND - AUGUST 02:  Jason Puncheon of Crystal Palace in action during the Pre Season Friendly match between Brentford and Crystal Palace at Griffin Park on August 2, 2014 in Brentford, England.  (Photo by Pete Norton/Getty Images)
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Rob GoldbergFeatured ColumnistAugust 16, 2014

Arsenal were able to top Crystal Palace on the first day of the 2014-15 English Premier League season, thanks in part to the mistakes by Jason Puncheon.

With time running out and the score tied at 1-1, the midfielder was booked for his second yellow card, as noted by the Premier League account:

Puncheon picked up his first yellow card in the 48th minute on a bad foul against Alexis Sanchez. As Andy Glockner of Sports Illustrated points out, the second one was not a smart move:

Sport Witness was not happy about the player's attitude either:

Bleacher Report's Dan Levy could not resist the opportunity to joke about the situation:

Puns aside, Crystal Palace had a hard time marking Arsenal players at the start of extra time once they were down to 10 men. This eventually led to the game-winning goal by Aaron Ramsey after hitting a number of players on the attack, as the club's account described:

With a full lineup, the visiting team would have had a better chance to stay in the way and possibly clear the ball before it could go into the back of the net. As a result, the club will end the day with zero points and a negative goal differential instead of one point for a draw.

Considering how close the Premier League gets, every point matters, and this is a match the club might look back to later in the year.

Nurudeen Obalola believes the red card made the difference:

On the other hand, Matt Yoder of Awful Announcing noted the Arsenal win was not as impressive as it should have been:

Of course, Puncheon's performance on Saturday was not completely terrible. He did come through with the assist on the team's only goal, as explained by the Crystal Palace account:

Still, the biggest moment of the match for the 28-year-old player was his red card. The team will now be without him for the next competition against West Ham United, and you can be certain he will be missed.

The club will have to play a cleaner game will everyone else stepping up in order to come away with three points the next time out.

 

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