Some really good answers raised already.
Firstly, on the subject of Lewis, I didn't actually see the second bookable offence as my view was blocked by defending Chippenham players. Opinion on whether it should have been a second yellow was divided. One thing I do know is that Chippenham were for me, the worst team I've seen this season (or is that the best?) at appealing absolutely everything and getting in the ref's face. Many have said that the ref had a dreadful game but I didn't think he was nearly as bad as the refs we had at Frome and Leamington. Does the presence of an Observer (formely known as Assessor) put them off their natural game? Argument might have been that he wouldn't have booked Brett so early in the game for kicking the ball away had an Observer not been present.
Back to the Management of players. One question I would ask myself is....can they be replaced? If you look at the signings we've made since the start of the season the answer would have to be no, they can't, otherwise the Management would have done so. Will they change? Unlikely. What you see is what you get and you then have to factor that in if you are keeping them. If they weren't key players they would not be here now.
Think of key players in the past 25 years who had disciplinary records....Gary Williams got a few yellows, Parker, Drew, Frendo and to a lesser extent Charlie Williams. In their time, would we have been without any of them?? Players who have contributed to and shaped our history....and all bar Carl Drew in the HTFC Hall OF Fame.
One other observation/comment: In Lewis's case, 60-70% of cautions have been for foul tackles or pulling an opponent's shirt. So that says to me that this aspect of his game could be worked on.....to improve his tackling especially as he now plays in the back four rather than in midfield. With Callum and Brett, because reputation preceeds them just as it did with Parker, Drew and Frendo, referees appear tougher on them and are quick to punish as a means of control. How do you get someone to SHUT UP? It's like saying, how do you get someone to stop smoking, or drinking? If it's part of your make up then not easy to change. So as a Manager, you have choices.
Me? I'd keep them and manage round them. All great players in their own way, and Callum and Brett's blood is yellow and green. Most important to me is having adequate cover. At least this if you want to be a contender.
Oh and by the way........
Steve wrote:Perhaps we should ask Chelsea how they got Diego Costa to clean up his act whilst still maintaining his superb competitiveness as a striker, who got a yellow yesterday, which was the first he has received since getting four in September !
Simple. Get rid of Jose Mourinho