Newcastle United defender Mike Williamson was shown a red card after picking up two yellow cards in a five-minute span near the end of the club's match against Aston Villa. He will be forced to miss the Magpies' next fixture as a result.
The club noted the second foul that caused his dismissal from the scoreless draw:
Fabian Delph was pushing forward with pace in an attempt to jump-start a counterattacking opportunity for Villa. Williamson decided to step up with hope of thwarting the attack, but he caught the speedy midfielder for a clear foul and second booking.
Phil Roscoe of ITV called it a "clumsy challenge:"
Mike Anstead of the Daily Mail gave credit to the center back for accepting his fate:
Aston Villa passed along the final score after being unable to capitalize with the extra man for the final four minutes:
The Newcastle Post pointed out Williamson is slated to miss a midweek Cup match:
Edwin Guevara thought the defender was having a strong outing until the second foul:
As mentioned, the good news for Newcastle is that they have a Capital One Cup match against Gillingham scheduled for Tuesday. Williamson can serve his one-game ban there in a fixture he may not have started anyway.
That will allow him to become eligible for selection again next week against Crystal Palace. The Toon are scoreless through two Premier League fixtures, which makes strong play at the back essential until the attack starts to generate more goals.
Williamson was having a solid match before being shown red and has been a stalwart at the back for Newcastle over the past year.