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1st February 2005 14:43

Caretaker manager Carlton Palmer has told mansfieldtown.net that he will not be appealing against the red card picked up by Luke Dimech during the Lincoln City game at Sincil Bank.

Dimech saw red in the 65th minute when he brought Lincoln's Simon Yeo to ground half way up the pitch. Originally Carlton Palmer was livid with the decision feeling that it was a harsh call but after watching the video replay concedes that it was in fact a dangerous challenge leaving the referee no option but send the Stags centre half for an early bath.

"The referee was correct in sending Luke off. It was a cynical and needless challenge. Even if the lad had got past Luke, it happened that far up the pitch the full backs would have tracked him before he could get a shot in.

"Luke has let himself down, he has been playing well, but he has cost himself a three match suspension and he has cost his team mates. There was no need to make that type of challenge. From where I was stood it looked like a straight forward check and I felt that deserved no more than a yellow card but the video shown that he rugby tackled the lad down by his neck and even had it happened in open play and he wasn't the last man Luke would have 'had to have gone'.

"Fairness to the Lincoln player he didn't make a meal of it he just got up and got on with it that is another reason I didn't feel that it was as bad as the referee had made out. I am disappointed with Luke and feel that the ref made the correct call" Palmer told the official website.

Meanwhile losing Dimech for the next three games has given Caretaker Manager Carlton Palmer a team selection headache for the forthcoming matches against Notts County, Swansea & Cheltenham.

Other centre half pairing Rhys Day and Dave Artell are both further away from recovery than was first thought with both suffering set backs to injuries to the ankle. This means that Palmer has now got to try and find a suitable centre back player to come in on loan to offer cover to the injury stricken Stags squad.

Palmer told mansfieldtown.net: "I have spoken to the Chairman and told him that we have no choice but to bring another centre back in, it has been well documented that Dave Artell has suffered a set back and it is not good news for Rhys Day. It is going to be another two or three weeks before he goes back to Lilleshall for another assessment so we don't really know when both these players are going to be back.

"We need to address this situation quite quickly so it has gone to the top of my priority list" said Palmer.

mansfieldtown.net also reports that a number of clubs have already been speaking to Wayne Corden about his future and caretaker Manager Carlton Palmer says that he can go to where he feels is best for him:

"I have spoken to a few clubs that have been in talks with Wayne Corden so now it is up to Cords where he wants to go to. It's not personal he is on big money and he hasn't been playing like Wayne Corden can play. Maybe it's time to put this three year contract behind him and kick-start his career somewhere else and my view on this doesn't change just because we didn't win on Saturday" said Palmer.


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