Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Football: Wallace : I'll Learn to Keep My Cool

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Football: Wallace : I'll Learn to Keep My Cool

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Byline: By Paul Gilder

A SHEEPISH Ross Wallace has vowed to learn from his mistakes after admitting he will pay a high price for his latest indiscretion in Sunderland colours.

The Black Cats winger struck a dramatic injury-time winner at Hull on Saturday but having already been booked, the 21-year-old was promptly sent off as he tore off his shirt to celebrate with the delirious travelling supporters.

Wallace's second dismissal in five games will be punished with a two-match suspension that will render him ineligible for tomorrow's home encounter with Cardiff, the Championship leaders, and this weekend's trip to Norwich.

The former Celtic favourite was booked on his debut when, having scored the decisive goal in a 2-1 triumph at Pride Park last month, he was cautioned for a similarly-exuberant celebration. And as he prepares to discover what fine will be imposed by Roy Keane this morning, Wallace knows it is a bad habit that he must break soon.

"Perhaps I'm going to have to staple my shirt on in the future because that's twice it's happened now," said the Wearside wideman, whose actions have cost him the chance to establish himself as a regular in the Sunderland team. "The lads have told me that I'm like a little kid but as soon as I see all the fans going mental, I just don't seem to be able to help myself.

"It's a massive win for us and the emotion was even greater because the goal came so late. When you see all the fans jumping around, you just want to get in amongst it. But I know I can't be doing that in the future."

Wallace departed the pitch to a standing ovation but although he returned to rapturous applause moments later when the final whistle was blown, he understands the serious consequences of his actions all too well.

"It was a good goal," he said. "It was hard to get there in the first place but I just managed to get my toe to the ball before the defender and stick it in the corner. …

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