Hartlepool Utd won’t appeal red card from Walsall clash

Nathan Luscombe breaks away with the ball against Walsall. Picture by FRANK REID
Nathan Luscombe breaks away with the ball against Walsall. Picture by FRANK REID

MICK Wadsworth feared losing Nathan Luscombe for an extra game and so decided against appealing his red card from the weekend draw against Walsall.

With Pools already down to the bare bones following injuries to Antony Sweeney, Gary Liddle and Nobby Solano, there was the temptation to see if Luscombe’s three-game ban could be reduced or even overturned.

However, having carefully reviewed video evidence, Wadsworth was afraid that the club could run the risk of invoking an additional one-match suspension for what the FA term a “frivolous appeal”.

“We just can’t afford to risk an extra game,” he told SportMail ahead of tonight’s visit of Huddersfield Town.

“It’s far from ideal being without Nathan for one game, let alone three, but four would have been even worse.

“I’ve sat through the replay many times and, because we feel he was harshly treated, part of us wanted to appeal.

“But it’s always difficult to get these things overturned and I think it’s one we’re just going to have to accept and get on with.”

Luscombe was dismissed at the end of the first half having only been on the pitch for 20 minutes after replacing the injured Solano.

He was given his marching orders along with Saddlers skipper Andy Butler after the pair lunged into a challenge under the nose of referee Paul Tierney.

However, Walsall will appeal against Butler’s red card meaning the defender is available for their trip to Sheffield United this evening.

And manager Dean Smith is said to be “confident” that his captain will see the three-game ban wiped out.

Luscombe, though, will definitely now miss tonight’s game as well as the trips to Stevenage and Rochdale.