McClean hoping for ref justice

James McClean, left, is angry after getting a red card by referee Mark Haywood
James McClean, left, is angry after getting a red card by referee Mark Haywood

JAMES McClean is keeping his fingers crossed that the FA overturns his ‘baffling’ red card at Blackpool.

The Latics winger was dismissed in the dying seconds of the Bloomfield Road encounter – despite appearing to be the innocent party.

TV replays seemed to show Blackpool’s Gary MacKenzie standing on McClean after catching him with an elbow, which incensed the Irishman.

Amazingly, referee Mark Haywood brandished red in McClean’s direction – which Latics yesterday confirmed they will be appealing.

And with the prospect of a domestic ban ruling him out of the upcoming clashes against Charlton, QPR and Huddersfield, McClean is hoping common sense prevails and the sending-off is rescinded.

“To be honest I’m still baffled as to how I was the one to get sent off after getting stamped on,” McClean told the Evening Post.

“There have been a few decisions lately that have cost us, and we certainly feel a bit hard-done by at the moment.

“The official has said I’ve kicked out on the ground, which is comical to be honest because it never happened and he was only five yards away.

“What’s done is done, but hopefully it will be rescinded and we can all move on.”

McClean’s mood wasn’t helped by the fact Latics lost a game they could and perhaps should have comfortably won.

“We all came off the pitch at the end scratching our heads and wondering how we ended up losing that game,” McClean recognised.

“We dominated the game throughout – they had a few at the end but only because we went chasing the game – but we were by far the better side.

“It’s just not happening for us away from home, and we have to find a way of turning it round.

“We can do all the talking we want off the field as we want, it’s what you do on the field that counts.

“We’re the only ones that can rectify it and hopefully we’ll be able to do that soon.”

Fortunately Latics don’t have long to wait for the opportunity to bounce back with the Europa League visit of Rubin Kazan on Thursday.

“It’s good we don’t have to wait a full week before our next game to get this feeling out of our systems,” McClean added.

“Hopefully we can continue our good home form – and our results in Europe – with another positive display.”