Hartlepool United may appeal Sam Collins’ red card

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HARTLEPOOL United will consider appealing against Sam Collins’ one-game ban following his sending off during the 2-0 defeat at Southampton.

The skipper, pictured, was shown a straight red card in the 49th minute when he was adjudged to have brought down Rickie Lambert with the Saints striker in on goal.

Lambert converted the resulting penalty to break the deadlock before Jose Fonte headed a second late on.

Collins was adamant after the game that contact had been minimal prior to Lambert toppling just yards from goal.

And Pools boss Wadsworth was far from happy with referee Steve Hooper.

“My centre-half says he didn’t touch him and I’m angry and upset about that – like he is,” said the Pools boss.

Collins has now been hit with an automatic one-match suspension – only red cards awarded for violent conduct carry a three-game ban.

And, while the captain’s absence will not be felt as greatly given the comfort of Pools’ league position, Wadsworth will nonetheless be disappointed if he has to sit out of next Saturday’s visit of Bournemouth.

“To lose Sam is difficult for us given his influence this season and he certainly won’t want to miss it (next game),” he added.

“But we’ll have a good look at it and see where we go with that (the appeal) today.”

Wadsworth was also frustrated with the officiating which led to the hosts’ game-killing second.

Michael Mackay appeared to have been fouled just seconds before Peter Hartley impeded Adam Lallana, Lambert floating the resulting free-kick on to the brow of Fonte to head home 10 minutes from time.

And Wadsworth said: “Just seconds before that goal we should have had a clear free-kick for the foul on Michael Mackay.

“Little things like that change games because, even though we had 10 men, we definitely weren’t out of it.”

Four minutes into the second half, Lambert broke the deadlock from the penalty spot with the banished Collins a spectator.

Jose Fonte had headed a second with 10 minutes remaining to flatter Nigel Adkin’s men and keep their automatic-promotion bid on course – they need seven points from their last three matches to guarantee Championship football next season.