HARTLEPOOL United will NOT appeal Scott Flinders’ red card during the FA Cup exit against Stevenage – despite disagreeing with the decision to dismiss the goalkeeper.
The Pools No.1 was given his marching orders just eight minutes into Saturday’s first-round tie when he brought down Chris Beardsley inside the penalty area, Scott Laird subsequently scoring the game’s only goal past substitute keeper Andy Rafferty.
Television replays show defender Neil Austin had recovered to block the striker’s path to goal and the ball was travelling away from the target.
However, referee Mark Haywood deemed it a straight red card, invoking an automatic one-game ban.
Manager Mick Wadsworth told SportMail today: “It’s difficult to appeal.
“You don’t get much help with these type of things.”
Read more of Wadsworth’s reaction, plus a full match report of Pools’ FA Cup exit, in today’s Sportmail.