The Australian striker appeared to catch Nikos Dabizas with an elbow in
the 14th minute which left him with a broken nose, but escaped with a
warning and then a yellow card when he felled him with a late tackle in
injury-time which saw the Greek defender stretchered off.
who said Dabizas had abrasions down his leg from the challenge and is
doubtful for the Boxing Day clash with Middlesbrough, said he was
unhappy referee Jeff Winter failed to send Viduka off.
Robson said, "Overall he (the referee) gave a fairly
consistent performance but he has failed to send Viduka off,"
"It's a red card, it's direct, it's violent.
"He was lucky with the first challenge on Dabizas who
has had his nose broken from that challenge.
"But he has only given one yellow card for two violent
offences. The boy is a fine lad - I don't want to criticise him at all.
"He's more than a wonderful player but he's extremely
lucky to have played this match.
"Had he gone from villain to hero today and at one point
that looked like being the case then I would have been very bitter about
it. I am not so bitter now because we have gone on and won it, but he
shouldn't have been on the pitch."