Blackwell's appeal woe
By Alex Livie
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Kevin Blackwell is disappointed the club failed to overturn David Healy's dismissal.Leeds boss Kevin Blackwell is disappointed the club failed to overturn striker David Healy's dismissal at the weekend.
Northern Ireland striker Healy was controversially dismissed by referee Peter Walton in The Whites' 1-0 win at Queens Park Rangers at the weekend.
Healy was given his marching orders following a clash with R's midfielder Marc Bircham, with referee Walton deeming him guilty of violent conduct.
Both club and player felt the ruling was harsh and lodged an appeal, but the initial ruling was upheld by a Football Association panel on Tuesday.
Healy will now sit out the Carling Cup tie with Rotherham, as well as two Championship games against Ipswich Town and Derby County at Elland Road.
Blackwell felt the club had a strong case and admits it is a blow to lose Healy.
"We do not appeal against decisions by referees lightly," Blackwell told Sky Sports News. "But we felt it was a poor decision by Mr Walton.
"We put the appeal in and are disappointed we did not get a positive result, but that's life and we have to get on with it."
Blackwell is happy with Leeds' start to the new season, with the club well placed in seventh.
"We have a decent platform," added Blackwell. "Every manager will say that if you have a decent platform it gives you the chance to push on.
"If we win our game in hand we go third so I am pleased, but we have plenty of room for improvement.
"I think it is nice we are not talking about financial meltdown and problems off the pitch, it's nice to be talking about football and starting to show signs of recovery."