Blackburn manager Sam Allardyce has hit back at claims he sends his players out too “pumped up”.
Rovers, Stoke and Wolves were all accused of using an overly-physical approach by Danny Murphy last week, with the Fulham midfielder branding some tackles “ridiculous” and “brainless”.
But Allardyce insists his players are being unfairly judged, and he told the Daily Mirror: “When you get one not-so-good tackle it is highlighted so much.
“You can get four difficult angles and slow it down which makes it look that much worse. If there are fewer of them we highlight them more and there is a little bit more outrage.
“The collision speed means the impact is that much greater, not so much the impact on the injury but the look of the tackle looks so much more volatile than it is.
“I don’t agree with what most people are saying, players are well behaved and make life good for the referee in the majority of times.
“I think it is over the top of to say it needs to be stamped out. There are fewer incidents than five or six years ago in the Premier League.”