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Millen critical of Tyson challenge

Millen critical of Tyson challenge  (©PAphotos)
Millen critical of Tyson challenge (©PAphotos).

Bristol City caretaker boss Keith Millen felt Nottingham Forest striker Nathan Tyson was fortunate not to see red for his challenge that led to Robins goalkeeper Dean Gerken being carried off on a stretcher during their 1-1 Coca-Cola Championship draw at Ashton Gate.

Referee Phil Crossley decided a yellow card was sufficient punishment for the Forest substitute's late sliding tackle as Gerken went to clear into touch on 86 minutes. Gerken was carried to the dressing room in a neck brace and later taken to hospital with a suspected damaged shoulder.

Millen said: "From my position, I thought Dean was always favourite to get the ball, and it may have been a red-card offence. I'm not saying there was any malice intended, but the challenge was definitely late and caused us a lot of problems. When you lose your keeper late on in a game that is close, it is always worrying."

Giant striker Stefan Maierhofer, on loan from Wolves and on the pitch as one of three already-used substitutes, was quick to volunteer to take over between the posts.

Forest failed to test him during eight minutes of stoppage time, and Millen was pleased to see his recent acquisition show such initiative.

"Stefan is 6ft 7in tall, so I wasn't going to argue with him," he said. "I didn't have a plan for putting someone in goal after using our substitutes, so it was a case of waiting to see who wanted to do the job.

"We protected Stefan well, and I thought we deserved a point from what was a pretty even game in which both sides created chances."

Defender Liam Fontaine had put City ahead on three minutes, getting a faint deflection with his head to Bradley Orr's rasping 30-yard drive and sending the ball past Lee Camp.

The Forest equaliser on 29 minutes was a sublime effort from midfielder Guy Moussi, who picked his spot from fully 30 yards and found the top corner of Gerken's net with the sweetest of right-footed strikes.

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Topics:
Guy Moussi
Bristol City
Football
Nathan Tyson
Championship
Bradley Orr
Lee Camp
Liam Fontaine
Nottingham Forest
Dean Gerken
Wolverhampton Wanderers

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