'It was out of character' - Danny Cowley defends Luke Waterfall as he accepts defender's ban
By Mark Whiley, 8 MAR 2018https://www.lincolnshirelive.co.uk/spor ... ey-1316250
Danny Cowley says Luke Waterfall regrets the “crazy moment” which led to his dismissal against Mansfield and subsequent suspension.
The Lincoln City skipper will sit out the next three games, starting at Chesterfield on Saturday, after receiving a straight red card in the aftermath of Ollie Palmer’s last-gasp equaliser.
Waterfall was dismissed after hurling a bottle, which had been thrown by a Stags supporter, back towards the stand.
Speaking ahead of the game against Chesterfield, Cowley said the incident was out of character for the popular defender.
“We have to accept the punishment,” said Cowley. “When you score in the dying moments against your local rivals, emotions can get the better of you. We’re human beings and none of us are infallible.
“Luke regrets the incident and we have to live and learn. Fortunately no-one got hurt, we have to accept the three-match ban and move forward.
“It’s not ideal to lose our captain for three games and with two local derbies coming up.
“Luke’s as disappointed as anyone but I’m not into kicking people when they’re down.
“It was so out of character for Luke. He’s a lovely boy and is a credit to this football club. It was just a crazy moment and he’ll never do it again, that’s for sure.”