Watford midfielder Etienne Capoue has answered questions about his horror tackle on Wilfried Zaha during last weekend's match with Crystal Palace, admitting Zaha was too quick for him.
Early in the game, Zaha drifted past Capoue, who responded by raking his studs down the back of the Ivorian's achilles in an attempt to dispossess him. Capoue was only shown a yellow card, but the dangerous challenge has been subject to immense criticism online.
Capoue appeared on BBC's Sportsweek podcast, and was asked to explain his actions. The Frenchman admitted he was lucky not to be shown a red card, saying:
“So I watched it again and I didn’t expect it was that bad.
“Because it’s very dangerous for the player and if he has a lot of pain I am sorry.
“On one camera it is a red card, on another camera it’s like nothing.
“Maybe sometimes it will happen but against me. He’s a sharp player and he maybe was too quick for me.
“He’s a very good player, I didn’t mean to do that.
“But it’s part of my game to try to be strong, to get 100 per cent of the challenges.