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Portsmth 15:00 Accrington

Coleman considers Long appeal

Last Updated: 04/09/11 4:47pm

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Coleman: Considering an appeal

Coleman: Considering an appeal

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Accrington manager John Coleman is considering appealing Kevin Long's dismissal in the goalless draw against Barnet.

Coleman concedes it will be upheld either way.

Long was one of two Stanley players to see red at Underhill - Charlie Barnett the first for a reckless two-footed lunge on Bees striker Steve Kabba just before the break.

Coleman does not dispute that one but does disagree with referee Lee Collins' decision to give Long a straight red card for hauling down Charlie Taylor when through on goal late on.

However, despite what Coleman eventually chooses to do, he is adamant nothing good will come of it. He said: "I've got to say that the first one was a sending off, the lad has left the ground and you just can't do that nowadays.

"But I can't believe the second was a red, our player has been fouled after being nudged in the back and has pulled him back as a reaction. He hasn't lost a header all day, so I can't see why he would lose to a lad who is 5ft 6in. I will look at it again and consider an appeal.

"But we haven't got a hope in hell of getting it overturned as Accrington don't get those decisions. We went to the FA last year, six appeals were heard on the day, five were rescinded, and ours was upheld."

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