Stoke star Joe Allen denies Derby rival bit him during Championship clash

first_img Johnson appeared to sink his teeth into Allen 2 2 Hull defender MacDonald given all-clear after battle with bowel cancer Leeds lose at Fulham, West Brom held, Charlton’s winless run continues stalemate Latest Championship News Stoke City rival Joe Allen insisted Derby County rival Bradley Johnson did NOT bite him during their Championship clash on Wednesday night.There was an incident between the two players in the midst of a scuffle sparked by Peter Etebo’s challenge on Richard Keogh.Images appeared to show Johnson trying to sink his teeth into Allen’s shoulder. GREAT NEWS REPLY Meanwhile, Frank Lampard’s Derby sit seventh following the defeat.Lampard felt that the game was there for the taking when Stoke went down to 10 men, with Derby also losing Curtis Davies to an Achilles injury before half-time, with the defender stretchered off.He said: “We are disappointed to lose a game against 10 men when you get yourself at 1-1. From there it is ours to win. The mistake gives them the second goal, then it is a difficult situation to break down 10 men behind the ball, so we’re disappointed.“We could have done more in the last half an hour to get back and at least draw the game.“Joe Allen and Gary Rowett just said there wasn’t much in it (the alleged incident), I haven’t seen it again, so I can’t give any information other than that.”center_img Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship Bradley Johnson going full on Luis Suarez 😬😬 #DCFC #SCFC #nibblenibble pic.twitter.com/Hh1LRafAC7— Joe Brook (@JoeBrook9) November 28, 2018Gary Rowett’s men emerged 2-1 victors despite having Etebo sent off before the break for his challenge on Keogh and are now up to 12th in the league table.Rowett also played down the incident with Johnson after the game.He said: “Someone said originally that Bradley had bit Joe, but I think Joe said it wasn’t too bad. Certainly we’re not going to have any complaints.“I spoke to the referee, saying it’s not a problem and we don’t want anything further to be looked at. To me, it was just part of a melee.” Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ ROUND-UP goalless Cardiff and Preston play out stalemate in Championship early kick-off EFL result However, the Stoke star leapt to Johnson’s defence after the match.Allen said: “People asked me at half-time what had happened and suggested I’d been bitten, but to clear it all up, that didn’t happen.“He might have caught a bit of my shirt but I think we can lay that one to rest.” Bannan penalty helps Sheffield Wednesday strengthen grip on play-off place last_img