Caution is normally what’s urged when a defender picks up a yellow card. Remain calm – it can be a long 90 minutes.
But not where Chris Smalling is concerned. Chris Smalling doesn’t know the meaning of the word.
His first booking was bad enough – attempting to stop Joe Hart kicking the ball out of his hands when there was minimal risk of a counter-attack.
But the second was unforgivable.
It would be rash challenge at any stage of the game but to slide in as Chris Smalling did when the defender knew he was on a yellow card is just plain idiocy.