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Gorkss' Red Card Relief

21 February 2014

Latvian on overturned ban

Kaspars Gorkss has expressed his relief at being available for selection for this Saturday's game with Blackburn Rovers. 

The Latvian international saw his red card for a challenge on QPR's Junior Hoilett rescinded earlier this week, saving him from the possibility of a distinctly harsh four game ban. 

"I'm very happy, I’ve been smiling for the last two days!" said Gorkss. "I was gutted when I saw the red card – I was 100% sure it wasn’t a red but not 100% sure it would get cancelled. I think the most frustrating thing was that the Middlesbrough sending off earlier in the season was very harsh too and meant I would get four or five games, as it was my second. I would've been absolutely gutted. As a player you don’t want to be out at crucial stages of the season. For the tackle itself, I had that split second to make a decision whether to go for it or to drop off, I made the decision to go for the tackle. I thought it was a good enough tackle to not get sent off. Thankfully it didn’t affect the result of the game."

Gary Bowyer's Rovers bring with them a talented squad of players, including prolific frontman Jordan Rhodes, though whilst acknowledging their strengths - Kaspars was keen to praise the form of the Royals' own leading men.

"He (Rhodes) is like Alfie, a natural goalscorer – which is always frustrating to play against because you can have him in your pocket for most of the game then he’ll pop up at the back stick and score a goal. But I think we are in good form, our key players are playing really well and in top form. Jordan is playing left back like he’s been a left back all his life – Garath is unplayable at times. We just need to go out there, perform and aim to seal that place in the playoffs, we have a couple of teams on our back." 




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