Furious Dundalk manager Stephen Kenny says that the club will appeal David McMillan’s sending-off in the 0-0 draw against St Patrick’s Athletic on Friday night.
McMillan was dismissed by referee Neil Doyle following an incident with former Lilywhites defender Derek Foran after 70 minutes of the contest.
The striker will now be suspended for Dundalk’s away game with Derry City on June 27 and he could also miss two further games as it was a straight red card.
Kenny, though, said Dundalk would use video evidence in a bid to get the ban reduced and he also slammed Foran’s part in the incident.
“I’m really disappointed with the sending-off. David McMillan says he knows the Pat’s player in question. He went up to him to say there was no foul initially and their player went down like a ton of bricks, like he’d been shot. There was a feigning of injury there and a deliberate attempt to get David sent off and we will be appealing the red card. That is disappointing.
“David has been brilliant this season, worked his socks off behind the scenes and consistently scored goals off the bench. Then, when he does get his chance he gets sent-off and will now be suspended,” added Kenny.
“That is very disappointing and it’s gamesmanship in the absolute extreme. There was nothing in it and Foran collapsed like he was shot. Players getting other players sent-off, there is no room in the game for stuff like that.”
Reflecting on the stalemate, Kenny felt Dundalk were the better side although he conceded they did not create enough opportunities to win the game.
“Pat’s tried to take the heat out of the game by slowing down things like free-kicks and goal kicks. We were in the ascendency for most of the night without creating any real clear cut chances as we have been doing in recent weeks. Things in and around the box didn’t quite come off.”
The result sends Dundalk into the mid-season break sitting three points clear of Cork City and six ahead of St Pat’s.
The Lilywhites squad will resume training today (Wednesday) ahead of the the trip to the Brandywell on Friday week.
Keith Ward has been ruled out of that game with a hairline fracture to a bone in his back and will be out of action for a number of weeks