Hartlepool Utd may appeal Compton’s red card agaist Plymouth Argyle

Jack Compton walks off after being shown a red card by referee Scott Matthison for his tackle during the first half against Plymouth Argyle. Picture by FRANK REID
Jack Compton walks off after being shown a red card by referee Scott Matthison for his tackle during the first half against Plymouth Argyle. Picture by FRANK REID

HARTLEPOOL United manager Colin Cooper will today decide whether to appeal Jack Compton’s first-half sending off in the victory over Plymouth Argyle.

The left-winger was shown a straight red in the 24th minute of Saturday’s League Two match at Victoria Park for a reckless-looking challenge on Jamie Reckord in front of the home dugout.

Pools have until today to appeal otherwise Compton is facing a three match suspension.

There was little objection from the Pools players on the pitch but Cooper said he will make a decision today after reviewing the DVD footage of the incident.

The Pools manager said he spoke with referee Scott Mathieson after the game and the official was convinced he got it right and that he had sent him off for dangerous play, which comes with a three-game ban.

Cooper, who didn’t believe it should have been a straight red, said: “The referee came to see me and said “I appreciate what your thoughts are but I feel as though I have got it bang on”.

“He felt, on what he’d seen in that split second, that he had got it right. As we have done with every game I will review the DVD and see if I feel as though an appeal is there.

“I’m not sure if an appeal is the right thing to do but I will certainly have a look and will ask for feedback, that is for sure.”

Cooper said Compton doesn’t have a “malicious bone” in his body and said he will always back his players but admitted that Compton appeared frustrated in the moments leading up to the challenge.

Cooper said: “I’m going to back Jack and say I don’t think it is a straight red.”

“There is always going to be two or three different schools of thought and speaking to Scott the referee, who is an honest bloke, he felt he got it bang on.

“I felt as though he didn’t and speaking to three or four other people after the game there is contrasting views.

“But I’m going to back Jack and say I don’t think it was a straight red card and I think it was harsh.

“Giving the referee a little bit of credit, he has to make a decision in an instant and he thought it was high and late and dangerous and reckless, so I have to look at that.

“As we have done in the past I will analyse the DVD to see if there is any wrongdoing but it will be difficult because the one thing Jack is, he is on the floor and his foot is high.

“For a straight red though, I think there has to be some malicious intent and Jack Compton hasn’t got any malicious intent in his body and that is a fact.

“But he needs to learn. You could sense the frustration, the way the game had started, and sensed a wrongdoing a minute or two beforehand but you can’t let that affect what happens next because otherwise one thing becomes two things, which becomes the red card and the red mist descends.

“Having been a player, when the red mist descends it descends and no-one can take you away from that and I think there was a bit of red mist from Jack.”