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By ESPN Staff

WBA's Wallwork misses out on amnesty

West Brom midfielder Ronnie Wallwork is 'devastated' at being suspended for two crucial matches in the battle to stay in the Premiership - after missing out by just 24 hours on a Football Association yellow card amnesty.

Wallwork had been walking a disciplinary tightrope for a month after collecting his ninth booking of the campaign against Birmingham at St Andrews.

He stayed out of trouble against Manchester United, Tottenham and Liverpool and, had he avoided a caution in Sunday's derby at Aston Villa, would have been given a clean slate via the FA amnesty which came into effect today.

But going into referee Mark Halsey's notebook for tripping Villa striker Milan Baros means Wallwork will be banned for the home game with Bolton on Easter Monday and the away trip to Newcastle on April 22.

Albion defender Steve Watson said: 'I think after Sunday all the bookings would have been discarded and I Ronnie knew that as well. He was devastated to find out in the dressing room afterwards that he will be banned for two games.

'It will be a big loss for us because Ronnie is great in the engine room but it is good to have Nigel Quashie back after his suspension so we will still be pretty strong in there.'

Baggies skipper Kevin Campbell said: 'Ronnie is involved in the heat of battle in the middle of the pitch. He is our little warrior in there.

'You've got to put the challenges in. It's no joke in there and we are fighting for our lives. Unfortunately Ronnie was booked again but we know the name of the game.'

Wallwork said: 'I'm gutted to be suspended but the way I play the game means that from time to time I will pick up bookings because you can't perfectly time every tackle.'