Preston North End consider an appeal against the red card shown to Darnell Fisher against West Bromwich Albion

Preston North End manager Alex Neil says he will consider an appeal against Darnell Fisher's red card in last night's defeat to West Bromwich Albion.

Wednesday, 26th February 2020, 6:00 am

Fisher was sent-off in the 64th minute of the 2-0 loss at The Hawthorns for a challenge on former PNE attacker Callum Robinson.

He got a straight red card from Premier League referee Kevin Friend and faces a three-match suspension.

Neil said: "I think it is certainly worth an appeal, I don't think we have ever done an appeal since I have been here.

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Preston right-back Darnell Fisher heads for the tunnel after being sent-off against West Bromwich Albion

"The reds generally when we've had them, I can understand why they have been given.

"I thought this one was soft, it was frustrating.

"I think you will see worse tackles in games which won't even pick up cards at times.

"What happens is that it was close to the dugouts, he goes in, Callum jumps up and squeals, the whole bench rises up, the fans start to shout and all of a sudden it is 'where is my red card'?

Preston manager Alex Neil has a word with fourth official Dean Whitestone

"It is the pantomime part of football isn't it? If that is at home, the likelihood is no one reacts and the ref gives a yellow card.

"Taking all the emotion out of the occasion, for me it doesn't look a red card. If someone thinks different, than fine.

"My concern would have been if his follow leg through had come round and caught Callum.

"But he tackles with his studs facing down and his left leg stays still, I'm not sure what he could do with it."

Neil didn't think Mr Friend and his team of officials had the best of games, although he wasn't using that an excuse for the defeat.

He said: "To be honest I thought the red card continued the theme of the officials, I didn't think they had a good game.

"The fourth official said it was for the follow through with his left foot but his left foot doesn't follow through at all."