Latics to appeal McClean red card

James McClean, left, is held apart from Blackpool player Gary Mackenzie

James McClean, left, is held apart from Blackpool player Gary Mackenzie

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LATICS will appeal James McClean’s “astounding” red card at Blackpool in a bid to save the Irishman from a three-match suspension.

McClean was red-carded in stoppage-time of the 1-0 defeat at Blackpool, after an altercation with home defender Gary MacKenzie.

Despite appearing to be stamped on by the Blackpool man, and doing very little in the way of retaliation, McClean was the one ordered off by referee Mark Haywood.

The decision angered McClean and his colleagues, who hit the woodwork twice and saw another effort clear off the line as they failed to score on the road for the fourth game in a row.

And Coyle immediately signalled his intention to take the matter further to avoid losing the winger for the upcoming games against Charlton, QPR and Huddersfield.

“I was astounded to see a red card brandished to James,” fumed the Latics chief.

“Gary MacKenzie has stamped on James while he’s on the floor, James has jumped up to react, but there’s no contact from him to warrant a straight red card. It was ridiculous.

“We’ve had it a few times on the road this season when decisions like that have gone against us, and we’ll definitely be appealing that decision.”

Coyle also believes the official got it wrong for the game’s other flashpoint, when Scott Carson felled Dan Gosling in the area which allowed Thomas Ince to fire the only goal from the spot.

“I can understand why the referee has given the penalty but there was no real touch on the ball from Gosling,” Coyle added.

“The ball has bounced all the way through, and he’s already off balance, and he’s just collided with Carson.

“Ince finished the penalty well, but we had plenty of time to get back in the game.

“We’ve hit the bar, the post, had one cleared off the line and we committed men forwards.”