Inverness Caledonian Thistle to appeal both red cards from Dundee clash
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CALEY Thistle are waiting to hear if Scott Allardice and Brad McKay will be available to face Hearts after the club confirmed they will be appealing both their red cards against Dundee.
Both men were sent off during the second half in the 1–1 draw at the Caledonian Stadium on Tuesday night as Inverness failed to move back into the play-off zone.
Interim manager Neil McCann confirmed he will be appealing against both red cards, believing referee Mike Roncone made the wrong decision on both occasions.
He hopes the appeals will be successful before Saturday’s crunch match at Tynecastle as they aim to keep their promotion dreams alive.
“Hopefully I will be appealing the two of them,” confirmed McCann
“The Scott Allardice red card, he was on a yellow card early which I didn’t think was a yellow card and then he has controlled his aggression throughout the match.
“He went in hard on Charlie Adam of that there is no doubt.
“But I don’t think it is a yellow card, it’s a man game, it’s a physical game, he’s gone in hard and he has won the ball.
“His follow through has maybe caught Charlie Adam, but the ball has gone in that direction so it suggests to me it was a fair challenge.
“Scott is adamant it should not have been a yellow card, I can back him on that, so I think the referee got it wrong.
“Brad McKay’s red card is just plain wrong, it is a shocking decision.
“How he can see that is a straight red card, I have no idea whatsoever.
“I have watched it again, he has used his ankle to challenge the ball, I think he has won the ball cleanly and maybe Declan McDaid has taken one on the follow through.
“What are you supposed to do? Both will be appealed.”
Despite their play-off fate now being out of their own hands, McCann is still confident that Inverness can make the play-offs and do what is required in the final two games to remain in contention.
“We have more than enough in the tank and it will be a big ask,” he said.
“But given the competitive nature of this league, I think Dundee and Dunfermline have tough games themselves.
“There are no guarantees in this division and you are right up against it.
“But hopefully we will win our appeals and go to Tynecastle full strength and look to win both of those games.”
Despite going down to nine men, Caley Thistle took the lead through Daniel MacKay with seven minutes remaining, only for Lee Ashcroft to equalise 60 seconds later.
Speaking about the game, McCann said: “Both of those red card decisions, put us so far behind and it is so difficult.
“ But we wanted to try and retain a threat and we did that.
“We have shown how good a side we are and we had the best chances.”