MICK Wadsworth believes the double dismissal of Nathan Luscombe and Andy Butler had the greater impact on his side during Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Walsall.
Pools midfielder Luscombe and Saddlers skipper Butler were given their marching orders three minutes before half-time following a 50-50 clash on halfway.
Luscombe, who had only been on the pitch for 20 minutes having replaced the injured Nobby Solano, had looked bright and was beginning to exert his influence on the game.
Pools struggled to create in the final third following his removal and Wadsworth admits the 21-year-old was a big miss.
“I thought the sending offs affected us more than them,” he said.
“It’s a terrible shame for Nathan, the kid doesn’t deserve it but we have to consider an appeal, although we have to be careful and not make it worse.
“But I find it hard to see even a yellow card for each player.
“No-one goes in two feet. Nathan is on the ground, one foot on the side and their guy tumbles over him and falls on top of him.
“If you thought it was a nasty foul even then common sense surely says ‘two guys tackling, two yellow cards’.
“After that the game changes dramatically. Our shape had been looking good and Nathan was doing really well and we were on top.
“The second half is cat and mouse with both down to 10 men. We had chances we should have done better with but I’m proud of their efforts.
“We pushed for the win but the fulcrum of the game was the red cards.”
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