Westley likely to appeal both red cards
Boro boss to view video footage in hope of having Foster and Mousinho available for Bury clash
BORO manager Graham Westley says he is likely to appeal both red cards his side received on Saturday if video footage confirms what he believes he saw on the pitch against Northampton Town.
Both Luke Foster and John Mousinho were dismissed in the 2-0 defeat, the former for a high foot on Seth Nana Ofori-Twumasi and the latter for a tackle on Michael Jacobs, and after the game Westley said he thought both of his players made contact with the ball.
“I’ve got two lads who feel they put their foot on the ball and were dismissed which feels harsh to them, and looked harsh to me,” Westley said.
“Let me look at the video and I may have to ask the referee to do some work during the week just to look at that.
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“I’m sure the appeal system will pay dividends if what I saw is what the video shows.
“From what I saw, they were both fairly close to me, the players’ feet went on the ball. There is that thing today that you’re out of control if you leave the ground, but Fozzie didn’t leave the ground and he did get his foot on the ball. I think the wink from their player as he went back on said it all.”
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Boro also had a shot which hit the bar and seemingly bounced over the line before being cleared to safety, and after the match Westley said that pre-match talk from the Northampton camp ‘created the environment’ in which decisions went to the home side.
“We obviously had the ball in their net, or across their line, and funnily enough I think it was the home fixture earlier on in the season where we had the ball across their line in the video footage and didn’t get the goal.
“It was tough to accept we had the ball in their net but it was not given. It was a strange afternoon.
“To be fair in the week they’ve talked a lot and earned the right to those decisions by their talking. You wish it’d be different, but they’ve talked a lot to create the environment which has made those decisions happen.”