On-loan Chelsea defender to miss two games after seeing red in successive Sunderland matches

On-loan Chelsea defender Jake Clarke-Salter will serve a two-match ban after seeing red again for Sunderland.

Saturday, 17th March 2018, 9:11 pm
Updated Saturday, 17th March 2018, 9:20 pm
Jake Clarke-Salter is sent off against Preston North End.

Clarke-Salter, who joined the club on loan in January, had only just returned from a three game ban following his red card against Middlesbrough.

But he was again given his marching orders on his return to the side - the centre-back sent off in the 60th minute after a second yellow card.

Clarke-Salter was carded in the first half for a foul on Barkhuizen and he was booked again by Darren Bond ten minutes after Sean Maguire nodded Preston NE ahead in the second half.

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Chris Coleman has revealed he was about to sub the defender, who had picked up a knock in the first half but he was given his marching orders before the Sunderland boss had the chance.

He will serve a two game ban as it is his second red card of the season.

"We were trying to get Jake off as he looked a yard short but seconds before he's due to come off he gets sent off," said Coleman.

"We tried to get him off and he gets sent off.

"We were already 1-0 down and psychologically it is a massive blow, it’s huge when you then go down to ten men.

"Six times since I’ve been here we’ve had men sent off. Maybe that’s a team that’s struggling and stretched, always pushed to the limit, I don’t know.

"It’s a common theme for us that when it’s 0-0, when there are set plays, any type of pressure, we succumb to it, and we did again.

"I’m saying the same things as I was last time I was here after the Aston Villa game.

"We concede silly goals and that’s it."

Bottom-of-the-table Sunderland are five points adrift of safety with eight Championship games to go.