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Nathan Collins sent off after very high challenge on Jack Grealish

Ryan Sidle

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Nathan Collins sent off after very high challenge on Jack Grealish

Nathan Collins was sent off in the first half of Wolves game with Manchester City, as the defender's studs went in very high on Jack Grealish.

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It was always going to be a huge task for an out of form Wolves to take on Premier League champions City, especially with Erling Haaland in such ridiculous early season form.

Bruno Lage couldn't even call on new boy Diego Costa to scare a few of the opposition with his presence, as the new signing wasn't match fit enough even for the bench.

It took 55 seconds for Pep Guardiola's side to take the lead, as out of form Grealish slotted home inside the first minute, after excellent work from Phil Foden and Kevin de Bruyne.

Grealish celebrates his goal inside a minute. Image: Alamy
Grealish celebrates his goal inside a minute. Image: Alamy

Things got even worse in the 16th minute, when Haaland scored his 11th league goal of the season, after just seven games, by scoring with his weaker foot, from outside of the area.

And then Collins had his moment of aberration, as he went in high on the ball, which was in the air, but couldn't make contact with anything other than Grealish.

Anthony Taylor had no option other to get out the red card and send Collins for an early bath and there was no way VAR would be overturning it.

As you can see from the footage, the former Burnley centre back just go absolutely nowhere near the ball, even if he initially tried to argue against the decision.

Some were pointing out that it reminded them of Nigel de Jong's challenge on Xabi Alonso in the 2010 World Cup final, between Spain and Netherlands.

If that's the case then he was actually pretty unlucky to be sent off, with De Jong somehow getting away with it when Howard Webb failed to send the former City midfielder off.

Webb actually doesn't believe that decision was the worst of his career, and that was actually the decision to give Manchester United a penalty, against Tottenham Hotspur, in 2009.

Collins needed to make more contact with Grealish's chest to avoid a red card. Image: Alamy
Collins needed to make more contact with Grealish's chest to avoid a red card. Image: Alamy

Ahead of the game on Saturday, Pep Guardiola had defended Grealish's recent poor form, especially following the Champions League win over Borussia Dortmund.

The City boss blamed the former Aston Villa star's teammates for his lack of assists and also insisted he didn't spend £100 million on the England international for his goals or assists.

Guardiola, and Grealish, will no doubt be happier after he did score, and then was integral in Collins' red card.

SPORTbible Stories is the brand-new podcast from the SPORT team at LADbible. The first episode features a chat with former Burnley manager Sean Dyche as he opens up on his departure from Turf Moor, what the future holds and the amazing story of the spin wheel for fines while in charge of the Clarets. You can watch the first episode here.

Featured Image Credit: BT Sport/Premier League

Topics: Premier League, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Manchester City, Jack Grealish

Ryan Sidle
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