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Hill Ponders Red Cards Appeal

20 April 2015

Manager Keith Hill admits that a final decision has yet to be made on whether or not Dale will be appealing the red cards shown to Jamie Jones and Matty Lund in Saturday’s League One fixture v Gillingham at the Priestfield Stadium.

The pair were dismissed during six second half minutes.

Speaking on Monday morning, Hill told Dale Player: “We’ve still not decided. The camera angle from the Football League Show does no favours for Matty Lund, but from our angle it’s minimal contact and at worst it’s a yellow card.

“However, having said that, we have to prove one-hundred percent that the referee has made a mistake. I think if he was honest he would admit that at best it’s a yellow card, but he can’t admit that. We can’t get it rescinded to a yellow card, so we’re going to have to maybe take it on the chin.

“It’s a shame really because the consequences of the referee having a bad game and giving two red cards affects us with a ripple effect, with respect to the next three games. So that’s where it’s a double hurt for me.”

He continued: “If we had a full compliment of players on Saturday then I think we would have got something from the game. Probably, in my opinion, because of the way the flow of the game was going [we could have got] three points, but I would have accepted a point.

“We came up with what we needed from the game going into Saturday’s match and I’m very disappointed because the game was a massive, massive game for the future of Rochdale Football Club, for the players, for the supporters, for the Chief Exec and for me as a Manager.

“Like I said, I think if we had a full compliment of players then we would have at least got a point out of the game and we would have been close to pegging back the teams above us."


Should Dale decided against appealing the red cards then Jamie Jones will serve a one match ban, while Matty Lund will be suspended for three games.


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