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Ian Watson furious with red card decision against St Helens

Ian Watson’s Huddersfield Giants are battling with Hull FC, Warrington Wolves, Hull KR, and Salford Red Devils for a spot in the play-offs which is why their game against St Helens, postponed from Round One, was such a vital clash.

However, the Giants were up against it as they went down 12-0 inside 10 minutes and were down to 12 men when Matty English was sin binned.

Making matters worse, as he returned to the pitch, Joe Greenwood was sent off for leading with the elbow.

This was a decision that Watson was very unhappy with as he felt that Greenwood was hit in the face first.

He also called back to when Greenwood was sent off against the Saints at the Magic Weekend.

“The Joe Greenwood one, we played St Helens and had a man sent off at Magic weekend when we had a shoulder from Walmsley directly in the head of Greenwood in that game,” he said on BBC Radio Leeds.

“We’ve had one today from, I don’t know if it’s the young kid, who’s gone straight through and shoulders directly in the face of Joe Greenwood. Joe Greenwood’s then pushed out and I think he has caught him with the elbow from the video thing, he’s kind of pushed out, but it’s not a malicious one.

“So he’s been sent off on the back of that after when we should have really had a penalty and then you look in that situation I’ve just seen it back on video there, for me I’d like the match review to have a little look at what Morgan Knowles is doing with his head after going down to the floor as well.

“For me you’ve got Joe Greenwood who has been directly hit in the face, we had Joe Greenwood directly hit in the face at Magic never got any penalties got concussed and got took off against that line magic. This game here he’s been sent off because he’s been lashed out and then you talk about players feeling protected, well that’s not protecting players when they’re getting whacked straight in the face and they’re the ones who are getting kind of concussed on the back of it.”

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