Hartlepool United’s Stephen Wright slams decision to send off Scott Flinders against Stevenage

Stephen Wright wins his tackle. Picture by FRANK REID
Stephen Wright wins his tackle. Picture by FRANK REID

STEPHEN Wright admits that a full week of hard work was “thrown straight out of the window” inside 10 minutes against Stevenage, writes CRAIG HOPE.

Pools lost goalkeeper Scott Flinders when he was sent off for a foul on Boro forward Chris Beardsley, meaning Evan Horwood was replaced by substitute stopper Andy Rafferty.

Scott Laird netted the resulting penalty but the 10-man hosts kept the opposition score at just one and came within inches of forcing a replay when Andy Monkhouse rattled the woodwork late on.

Wright, though, felt aggrieved at the decision to dismiss Flinders and says it wrecked what had been a confident preparation to the first-round tie.

“You train all week, you prepare well and then that’s what happens early on,” said the 31-year-old Scouser.

“Everything goes out of the window then and you have to look at everything again.

“The referee said he was stopping a goalscoring chance, which he wasn’t because their lad has knocked the ball wide and Neil Austin is back there.”

Read more of Stephen Wright’s comments in today’s Sportmail.