PNE fail to get Garner’s ban cut

Joe Garner is sent-off by referee Trevor Kettle against Wolves
Joe Garner is sent-off by referee Trevor Kettle against Wolves
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Preston North End have failed in their bid to get Joe Garner’s three-match suspension reduced.

Garner got a straight red card in last Saturday’s 1-1 draw against Wolves for a challenge on Danny Batth.

Read the reaction to Garner’s dismissal here

The Lilywhites did not appeal against the sending-off but asked the FA to give the striker a lesser punishment.

However, the FA dismissed that and Garner will miss the games against Sheffield Wednesday, Cardiff City and Charlton Athletic.

North End manager Simon Grayson said: “We appealed this week, not to get the decision overturned but this season you can try and get the ban reduced.

“We went with our case that Joe didn’t intend to hurt the player, he had his eyes on the ball.

“But unfortunately the FA stuck with the original decision and he has got a three-man ban.

“We think that is a little bit harsh, given that it wasn’t a real malicious challenge with any real intent - it was a lad going for the ball.

“But you don’t get too many decisions overturned in your favour so we will suffer the consequences of Joe missing three matches.

“It now gives someone else a chance.”

Also missing PNE’s trip to Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday is Bailey Wright, the centre-half having been sent-off for two bookings against Wolves.

Appeals are not permitted for dismissials stemming from two yellow cards.