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CURLE REACTION TO OLDHAM GAME
3rd March 2003 20:11



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Keith Curle cannot understand where some of the decisions came from: “it's a little disappointing that the fans left on Staurday talking about 1 person rather than the 22 players who played a good game of football” he said this morning.

“It certainly didn't feel like that kind of game whilst we were playing. I feel that we didn't play like team that is in the bottom 4 and Oldham weren't allowed to play like a team that are in the top four and that is largely down to the professional and disciplined way that our lads played” he added.

Curle went onto say that he felt that both the stags Red cards were probably a little undeserved and that both offences in particular the Rhys Day collision of heads with Tony Carrs really didn't deserve any thing more than yellow if indeed that. Talking of his own infringement he said that he was going for the ball, but the attempt in a little late and caught the player instead and is quite prepared to accept that a card was due but he insists it should have been yellow.

This is Curles first sending off in five years which shows that he is normally a very disciplined player and that it is not his nature to brutally attack a fellow player as the straight red intimates so he has asked an independent referee to come and assess the video of the match whilst he decides weather or not to make a formal appeal to the FA to have the red cards rescinded.

He explains that “to make an appeal and to have it heard by the FA cost £400 + vat so we will be waiting on the advice of the independent ref and if says that we have got a case we will be putting our case forward – we have three days to lodge any appeal.”

The referee will be arriving at Field Mill to watch the game and make his comments news of any forthcoming appeals will appear tomorrow.

Craig Disley who was involved in an off the ball tangle with Latics David Eyres which saw Eyres taking a walk for a straight red card has been approached by Oldham Athletic to try to get to the bottom of his sending off.

Disley maintains that Eyres and his legs got tangled up whilst chasing the ball and that Eyres should not have been forced to leave the field of Play. And, in true sporting fashion Disley who picked a Medial ligament strain to the right knee will be putting a statement in writing to the Latics board who will also be appealing the decision. In return we are hoping that will honourably do a job on the teams that are surrounding us in the relegation survival race.

Disley will be absent for Tuesday's clash against Luton Town making way for Lee Williamson who now has the perfect opportunity to win his shirt. It is Curles policy that if a player gets the chance to perform and does the job on hand impressing him that player has the opportunity to keep his shirt which now that Keith Curle has nearly a full strength squad to choose from puts Mansfield town in a positive frame of mind when talking about surviving the Division 2 shake down in May.

 

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