Speaking to whufc.com, Sam admitted that the potential loss of Cole would have been a big blow.
“I am delighted that we have probably got a bit of justice as it deserved to be turned around. There was never any doubt in my mind. While you can say the foot was high, it was a genuine attempt and Carlton kept his eye on the ball. It’s a really good outcome for us.
“The way he is playing at the moment, he would have been a massive loss for us. He’s been outstanding up front for us since Andy Carroll got injured and we didn’t want to miss a player of so much importance for these three very important games - Reading away, Norwich City at home and a big FA Cup third-round tie with Manchester United.
“To have experienced Premier League players available is always very important at this time of year. This is the tough time mentally for players, as well as physically, but the mental side has to be the strongest to get some results. To have him back and available is a big boost for us.”