Howells: Charles’ tackle was stupid

FORMER housemate Jake Howells struggled to excuse his old friend Ryan Charles’ dismissal in Luton’s 2-0 defeat of Newport County AFC at Kenilworth Road on Saturday, writes Mark Wood.

Tuesday, 10th January 2012, 12:35 pm

Having just signed on loan for the Exiles from Cambridge United, the 22-year-old striker dived in two-footed on Dan Gleeson late in the first half.

Although he appeared to get a bit of the ball, he was promptly shown a straight red by referee Karl Evans for a dangerous tackle.

The Hatters netted their first moments later and Howells said: “I just said to him, it’s a stupid challenge, there’s no need to do it.

“It’s his debut for Newport and he’s trying to get a permanent contract there but you can’t be going into tackles like that.”

For the full story, see the Luton News/Dunstable Gazette on sale tomorrow.