No yellow peril for PNE striker

Joe Garner is booked by Geoff Eltringham
Joe Garner is booked by Geoff Eltringham
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The yellow card shown in error to Joe Garner during Preston North End’s goalless draw with Sheffield United is to be transferred to Bailey Wright.

Garner was booked in the second half of the Deepdale clash on Monday for deliberate handball.

Referee Geoff Eltringham cautioned him after being alerted to the indiscretion by one of his linesmen.

It was a clear case of mistaken identity though, with team-mate Wright the culprit.

The FA have been in contact with PNE to inform them that Mr Eltringham, in his referee’s report, had admitted to booking the wrong player.

And the onus then went on the club to appeal against the yellow card – a failure to do so in mistaken identity cases is a breach of FA rules.

It is expected that the FA will confirm the passing of the booking from Garner to Wright later today.

Had the caution stayed against Garner’s name, it would have been his ninth of the season.

A 10th yellow before the FA amnesty on April 13 triggers a two-match suspension.

Garner will be joined on eight bookings by Wright, meaning both will need to watch their step over the next five games.

If they can keep out of trouble until the amnesty, the number of bookings to reach a ban goes up to 15.

The yellow for Garner on Monday was among a number of Mr Eltringham’s decisions which were on the puzzling side.

His failure to award a 
first-half penalty when a Wright shot was clearly handled by Blades skipper Michael Doyle really got the fans’ backs up. Speaking after the game about Garner’s booking, North End manager Simon Grayson said: “It looked like a lot of the time we didn’t get decisions going our way.

“It probably summed up his performance when Joe Garner got booked when it was clearly Bailey Wright.

Hopefully something can be done about that.”

Grayson’s attentions have now turned to this weekend’s visit to Swindon.

It was at the County Ground that Grayson oversaw his first game in charge of Preston 13 months ago, a 1-1 draw with Will Hayhurst on target.

North End will be looking for a victory to help try and claw back ground on the three clubs above them.

Grayson said: “It’s another tough game but we will be ready to go again.

“Those who played on Monday night had a light training session on Tuesday and the lads who needed some game time went to Blackburn for a reserve game.”

Grayson reported no injury worries from the Sheffield United game.

Awaiting North End in Wiltshire are a Swindon side who sit in ninth place – 10 points behind the play-offs.

Meanwhile, PNE will running two soccer schools during the Easter holidays.

The first is from April 7-11 at Playfootball, costing £10 a day or £45 for the week.

Deepdale and Moor Park are the joint venues for the second week – April 14-17 – the cost being £10 a day or £35 for the week.