Shrewsbury Town were today mulling over a potential appeal against leading scorer Marvin Morgan’s red card.
Morgan was dismissed in Saturday’s 3-1 defeat at Portsmouth for over-zealous protests towards referee Fred Graham after being penalised for a free-kick.
The 29-year-old’s second sending off of his Shrewsbury career came just a minute after his fifth goal of the season had reduced the deficit to 2-1.
While final confirmation was set to be received today, Morgan is likely to be facing a three-game ban starting with tomorrow’s clash with Yeovil.
But boss Graham Turner was today planning to assess footage of the incident before deciding whether to mount an appeal.
“I thought we were right back in the game getting back to 2-1 and the major disappointment was that Marvin’s was a good tackle,” said the Town boss today.
“He took the ball cleanly, we were on the break, we had got men over and for the life of me I can’t understand what the referee saw to penalise Marvin.
“It has left us with 10 men and a real uphill battle. I can sympathise to some extent.
“We were hyped up, we had pulled a goal back and we were ready to go forward again.
“I can understand that frustration there. It has to be more controlled than Marvin showed but we will have a good look at it and decide whether there are any grounds for appeal.”
Saturday’s defeat saw Shrewsbury drop back into the bottom five of League One and left them still searching for their first away triumph of the season.
But Turner insisted there were positives to take from his side’s display.
“Once again, I thought the performance at Portsmouth deserved far better an outcome than a 3-1 defeat,” he added.
“We had good opportunities and I thought we played particularly well in the first half.”
Goalkeeping coach Gavin Ward, 42, was named on the bench on Saturday after Joe Anyon was further troubled by the hip and hamstring problem he suffered in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy defeat to Crewe.