Date: 22nd October 2007 at 12:38pm
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On-loan goalkeeper Scott Carson believes the red card he received in the 4-1 defeat by Manchester United was harsh, and admits it won’t be easy to break back into the starting line-up.

Carson was dismissed for hacking down Carlos Tevez with his feet on 66 minutes as Villa took an early lead against United, only to hit the self destruct button even before half-time. The Liverpool keeper, on loan at Villa for the season was the 2nd player to be dismissed by Rob ‘look at me, look at me’ Styles as he followed Nigel Reo-Coker into the early bath who walked for a second bookable offence.

Talking to avfc.co.uk this week Carson said:

” think at 3-1 down with only ten men, I think it is a bit harsh but if it it was 0-0, then fair enough. I also think Isaiah Osbourne got back as well and was the last man but I’ll take it on the chin.”

Luckily for Villa, manager Martin O’Neill still had a substitution remaining and the woeful Zat Knight made way for reserve goalkeeper Stuart Taylor who came on, and promptly pulled off a smart save from the resulting Wayne Rooney penalty. The former Arsenal stopper then went on to make a number of decent stops, only narrowly being beaten by a close-range deflection that he still managed to get a hand onto.

Following Taylor’s excellent cameo role, Carson is under no illusions that he will merely walk straight back into the side following his one-match suspension (though lets face it, he probably will!)

“He [Taylor] did well. He made a couple of good saves. The penalty was a good save, so fair play to him” Scott added.

‘We’ve got Thomas Sorensen as well. I’m not taking it for granted that I’m number one. I’ve got to work hard and that is what I’ve been doing. It is the manager’s decision who he picks but I’ll just keep working hard and hope I can establish myself.’