Millwall will appeal Smith's red card in Barnsley defeat

© Nicky Hayes
© Nicky Hayes

KENNY Jackett has confirmed that he will appeal against the red card shown to Adam Smith in the second-half of Millwall's 2-1 defeat against Barnsley.

Smith was dismissed after going in for a 50-50 tackle with Tykes midfielder David Perkins but neither manager agreed with referee Trevor Kettle's decision.

Barnsley boss Keith Hill said: "I don't think it was a sending-off. At best it was a yellow card. He's an excellent player and was fully committed in the challenge.

"As an ex-defender, I like to see tackles. It was a well-timed tackle. Maybe it was a yellow card because both feet left the field of play, but there was only a focus on the ball.

"I don't think the referee quite saw the fact that it was a well-timed challenge."

Jackett added: "The sending-off was a harsh one and we will be appealing against it."

After Darius Henderson had missed a penalty, the Lions fell behind to Stephen Dawson's first-half opener but Chris Wood appeared to have rescued a point with an 80th-minute equaliser.

But Marcus Tudgay raced clear in the 93rd minute to snatch victory for the visitors and Jackett admitted he had mixed feelings about the performance of his side.

He said: "The goal at the end looked just onside – it was a tough one for the linesman. Our left-back was just a little bit deeper than the rest of the back four.

"When we went down to ten men, somehow that galvanised us. It was our best period of the game – we looked like scoring and the crowd got behind us.

"Obviously missing a penalty has an effect on the game. At 1-0 down I still thought we could win but with 11 men we didn't do enough. I think we can do more.

"We were static up front and a lot of our crosses and set-pieces were over-hit. That's being quite critical but that's my analytical opinion.

"But the character showed after we went down to ten men was admirable and probably was  enough to get us something out of the game.

"It was hugely disappointing to lose that game but we were going all-out for the win and it showed."



3 thoughts on “Millwall will appeal Smith's red card in Barnsley defeat

  • December 22, 2012 at 20:43

    It was never a red card. A very committed tackle. Not even the opposition made a meal of it by hassling the ref. The ref made his mind up instantly.

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