Nottingham Forest legend Garry Birtles has cautioned goalkeeper Brice Samba to learn from his mistakes, following getting sent off in the match against Stoke City.
The Reds stopper was handed straight red cards for hitting Phil Jagielka around the back of the head in the 85th minute the City Ground.
In addition to leaving his team with just 10 men, but it also gave the Potters an opportunity to score a penalty the which Lewis Baker scored to put the hosts ahead 2-1.
After all three substitutes being made the center-back Joe Worrall had to replace Samba in the goal.
It was up for Ryan Yates to spare his goalkeeper’s blushes when the midfielder saved one point by scoring a goal in the closing minutes.
Samba is popular for his winding-up techniques after signing with Forest in the summer of 2019. However, Birtles insists that he must decide which line to cross, otherwise , it could be more costly in the near future.
“The phrases I heard from everyone’s mouths was”it’s an accident that was waiting to happen’, and that has been coming for quite a while. The number of people that said this was staggering,” said the European Cup winner about the most recent episode of
“That instant of madness. do you say? The coach and the manager team didn’t even pay attention to Samba as he walked by. I really liked the way they acted.
“He was lucky to not be sent off during his Derby game, despite the tangle at an area behind the goal. Learn your lessons!
“You’ve to put it down now, it’s gone you cannot change it. However, the most important aspect is that he’s got to take the lessons he learned from it. If he fails to make a difference from the experience and you don’t want to be in the position, as it was a horrible error. We were able to escape it.
“He would have been giving everybody a big pat on the back in that dressing room – and so he should do.”
A three-match suspension could see Samba be absent from a few important games for Steve Cooper’s team starting on Friday night’s visit to Bournemouth.
However, removing the element of his play that is what makes him the goalkeeper the way he is might not be as easy.
Birtles said: “Can you coach stupidity from someone else? Absolutely, you should be capable of.
“There’s only one who can figure it all out and move it and it’s Brice. He needs to realize that he’s not capable of doing things like that.
“It’s an embarrassment for the person who did it, because it’s obvious and extremely obvious. The referee was in front of him.