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.”