Millwall's Webster saw no malice in dangerous tackle

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BYRON Webster doesn’t think there were any sinister motives behind the tackle that could see him miss the next game against Rochdale. 

Webster was caught late with the studs by Glen Rea just as referee Mark Haywood blew his final whistle in the clash with Southend.

With doubts still surrounding the availability of Sid Nelson, out since the win over Crewe with damaged ribs, boss Neil Harris could be without both his right-sided central defenders for the visit of Keith Hill’s rugged Rochdale side.

Webster replaced Nelson in the 51st minute of that contest at Gresty Road and started in the win over Port Vale in which the Lions registered a third clean sheet in five games.

But Webster preferred to put Rea’s tackle down to competitive instincts with both sides desperate to secure three points.

“I don’t think there was any maliciousness in it,” Webster said. “It’s about winning, isn’t it? Both teams wanted to win so everyone was going for every ball, every header, every tackle.”

Missing out would be an obvious blow to the former Yeovil Town defender just when it seemed he was re-establishing himself in the side and benefitting from the calming influence of Carlos Edwards beside him.

But the 28-year-old has a philosophical attitude to the battle for a first-team place in Harris’ side.

“Every player wants to play so it’s up to every player to stay in the team,” he said. “I just keep going. I’ve got good family and friends around me, good teammates. I just try to keep happy and get in the team.”

Meanwhile Webster, like Jordan Archer did this week, outlined his eagerness to experience at The Den an amplified version of the atmosphere accompanying a win that Lions supporters have created at away grounds this season.

He said: “The fans pay their hard-earned money to come and watch us and it’s been a long time that results haven’t been going for us at home. You can see the frustration and it’s expected.

“When we’ve won away the fans have been fantastic because we’ve given them something to be happy about. So I’m sure once we get the win at home the fans will be even noisier and that will help us a lot.”

John Kelly

(@jkelly1882)

24 thoughts on “Millwall's Webster saw no malice in dangerous tackle

  • September 23, 2015 at 10:45
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    No malice?
    The lads name is Rea, the lads name is Rea, the lads name ............!
    The return game is yet to come Byron!

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  • September 23, 2015 at 10:54
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    I saw it differently the had reason to go studs up at the final whistle. Dirty Southend c unt.

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  • September 23, 2015 at 11:01
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    Instead of all the players saying they want to experience the Den faithful atmosphere with a win, that won't keep us happy. Go out and do it, it's that, that you need to do. Win at home and trust me we will do our bit.

    COYL!!!!!

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  • September 23, 2015 at 11:27
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    I notice the term ' rugged' about rochdale, well i think thats one of our problems at home, we are not rugged enough, we need to bully teams, but we dont have that kind of player in the right positions anymore !, jimmy?, williams? upson?,fred?, I love the 'potential' the younger players give us, but i know i am an 'oldie' but we need a bully at centre half and especially midfield, But, i have said on NaD before, i dont think Harris will buy or loan a 'big' ego type player that could challenge his authority and disrupt the squad. just my opinion!

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  • September 23, 2015 at 12:58
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    I said after the 2 away wins that the home game is the real test. Next home game we just need to play dirtyband do whatever it takes to get a win dive,nasty tackles,cheat I don't f****** care just make my st look remotely worth it

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  • September 23, 2015 at 13:35
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    Shame Joey Bartons got a club now...

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  • September 23, 2015 at 13:54
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    Could have been either of them Kevin Nolan or Joey Barton helping out the club but both have clubs so its a huge miss!

    Kris Twardek and Keaton Wood should all be at the bench against Rochdale

    only someone to cover Byron Webster if fully injured should be Sid Nelson or Wood for the mean time.

    -COYL -

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    • September 23, 2015 at 16:25
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      @PikeyLion88:
      Your in a dream land if you think we could pay either of Nolan or Barton's wages. Never ever ever going to happen. Kris twardek has been injured all season and has only played 1 game since, so I doubt he is up to it at the moment. Good player for the future though.

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  • September 23, 2015 at 14:14
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    I now know webster has s*** in his eyes or hes just abig soft lump if he thinks that tackle had no malice in it...it was fuckimg disgraceful.tackle from the poor relations of the vermin

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    • September 23, 2015 at 16:08
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      @Jim28: Jim even if there was no malice in that tackle,it was a stud's up leg breaking tackle,should have been a red card even though it was in the last minute,2-0 up in the last second's of the match no need for that tackle ,which makes me think it was malicious.after all why would he want to risk injury with the game's won.

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  • September 23, 2015 at 15:08
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    Are we getting any loan players in if we are can we have a list pls AA OR JB OR NH sweet

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  • September 23, 2015 at 16:21
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    If Bryron Webster is injured then get Shaun Cumming or young fella Keaton Wood for the mean time such short off players through this Injury list!

    Surely there has to improve and fill in gaps for Defend back and attack front.

    there will be at least 2 loan signings at least by January

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  • September 23, 2015 at 18:39
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    The only loan coming in is a scoreboard and that's probably going to get injured the minute it's up.

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    • September 23, 2015 at 19:16
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      @NICKOLA: you just nailed our jinx ...we aint had a good run since we had a fully working scoreboard

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      • September 23, 2015 at 20:39
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        @Jim28: i blame those fukking stupid giant b***** that they race in at half time.

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  • September 23, 2015 at 19:28
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    Maybe at least 1 new signing a another Stricker or Defender out on loan perhaps, one or the other will soon come ya will see.

    defenders are all injured so nothing left to do is bring Keaton Wood or Chris Parr through Development squad otherwise short out off covering the Deffending part

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  • September 24, 2015 at 07:03
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    If first team defenders keep getting injured then its up to Reserve or Development squad for the rest of deffenders.

    that has to change the sooner the better we can do it with time on our hands

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