Reaction: Hartlepool boss plans appeal after Harewood is red-carded in 1-1 draw at Mansfield

Hartlepool United manager Ronnie Moore. Picture by FRANK REID
Hartlepool United manager Ronnie Moore. Picture by FRANK REID

RONNIE Moore says Hartlepool United plan to appeal Marlon Harewood’s red card in the dramatic 1-1 draw at Mansfield Town.

Harewood saw red in the dying minutes of the match an altercation with Jamie McGuire on the floor inside the Stags penalty area.

The FA has a speeded up appeal process over Christmas which means a decision will be made by teatime on Saturday if Pools do appeal.

Michael Woods also saw red in the final few minutes, his second of the match, after wrestling for the ball once a free-kick had been given.

Moore confirmed the midfielder would be fined and it leaves him with at least one change to make ahead of the visit of Morecambe to Victoria Park on Sunday.

Moore was pleased to come away with a point but he was left fuming with his side’s first-half display adding the showing was unacceptable.

He said: “It was a battling performance second half.

“But the first was a disgrace, I thought.

“I have said to them in there we are trying to win games and you cannot show fear. We gave away 45 minutes and a goal start.

“First half everything was long and straight, I have never told them to do that.

“We performed better second half and could have even gone on to win the game with a bit more belief.

“There was a bit of feeling and endeavour about our play.

“We have to start believing we can win games.”

On the red card appeal, Moore added: “We want to appeal it.

“It was too hard for him to make a decision for a straight red.”

The first half was desperate as Junior Brown gave Mansfield a 10th minute lead but Pools came out a different side second-half.

Michael Duckworth drew level in the 51st minute in an action-packed second-half.

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