Hartlepool United can't afford to lose Nixcky Deverdics appeal

As far as results go this is just as important as the full-time score at Workington this Saturday.

Tuesday, 12th December 2017, 6:00 am
Updated Tuesday, 12th December 2017, 12:12 pm
A furious Nicky Deverdics confronts referee Richard Hulme.
A furious Nicky Deverdics confronts referee Richard Hulme.

Hartlepool United have appealed against the red card given to Nicky Deverdics in the 4-0 humbling at Dover Athletic.

Referee Richard Hulme gave the left-back his marching orders for, what he says, was an elbow to the head of defender Connor Essam.

It was the first sending off on the 30-year-old’s immaculate career record, so in that regard, Deverdics will want justice. However, for Pools, they can ill afford to be minus one of their form players.

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Should the appeal be unsuccessful, Deverdics will miss the FA Trophy first round tie at Borough Park, the home National League fixture with Maidenhead a week on Saturday and the Boxing Day derby at Gateshead.

There is a risk that it could fail – Deverdics DID catch his ex-Dover team-mate and pal with a swinging right arm but the player insists it was a pure accident.

It certainly was not an elbow and Deverdics and Pools will hope the authorities reach a sensible outcome.

The Geordie is currently providing a constant threat to the opposition sides and looks a player who is not frightened to have a pop at goal.

While he insists he is NOT a left-back. he is providing a different attacking dimension and Pools need him on the park for a critical run of matches in cup and league.