West Brom defender Taylor Gardner-Hickman has apologised to Nottingham Forest after an unsavoury moment during last night’s 4-0 win for the Reds.
With tempers running high, the Baggies right-back had a moment of madness just after Ryan Yates had scored to make it 2-0.
Following the referee’s decision to award Forest a free-kick inside their own half, Gardner-Hickman blasted the ball into the Brian Clough Stand causing supporters to duck for cover.
In law, perhaps referee David Webb was lenient. Using such excessive force is typically punished with a red card but the Baggies man escaped with just a caution.
It didn’t matter from a Forest perspective. It would appear that no damage was done in the crowd and the Reds claimed a massive three points on the pitch.
For West Brom, their play-off hopes have evaporated and it’s been a truly woeful season for them following their relegation from the Premier League.
Steve Bruce has to be clinging to his job. The Baggies have been dreadful under his stewardship and surely the board will be preparing to pull the trigger.
What has Taylor-Gardner said about Forest incident?
It would seem as though the West Brom man is sorry about the moment of controversy last night.
He has claimed that it was something of a misunderstanding and he never intended for the ball to end up in the crowd.
The West Brom academy graduate has taken to Instagram to issue an apology to Forest and claims that he hopes nobody was hurt.
It’s little surprise that Gardner-Hickman was so frustrated. He came on for Karlan Grant shortly after the second goal and was tasked with helping West Brom settle.
Forest were rampant though and he never stood a chance up against an attacking unit brimming with confidence.