MICK Wadsworth has leapt to the defence of “genuinely nice guy” Gary Liddle but admits his straight red card during Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Swindon Town was fully deserved.
The Pools midfielder was given his marching orders in the second half for a reckless challenge on Robins defender Paul Caddis and will now serve a three-game suspension.
Liddle had crunched his way through a series of tackles until that point, but the mis-timed nature of his 54th-minute lunge left Wadsworth with no cause to dispute referee Pat Miller’s swift decision.
“I can understand the sending-off,” the Pools chief told SportMail today.
“But there was no malice in it – he’s not that sort of player.
“Yes, the challenge was late, but he’s genuinely going for the ball and the main thing I stress is that there was no intent to hurt the player.
“Gary’s a genuinely nice guy and I think people realise that.
“Sometimes these challenges happen - we had one on Tony Sweeney a few weeks back.
“They’re not pretty but when there’s no intent you’ve just got to move on.
“Thankfully the player was okay though.”
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