Preston North End manager Ryan Lowe could look into appealing Ched Evans' red card against Wigan Athletic

Preston North End manager Ryan Lowe may look into appealing the red card given to striker Ched Evans in Saturday’s 0-0 draw with Wigan Athletic.

By Tom Sandells
Monday, 1st August 2022, 6:00 am

Evans came off the bench after 72 minutes and was sent off eight minutes later for a tackle on Curtis Tilt that, in the end, had the Welshman seemingly collide with the defender’s chest.

His tackle came in a tough opening day encounter for PNE where they were not at their best but still had the chances to win the game.

Lowe, a former striker himself, has sympathy for his no.9 and is keen to look into the challenge.

Referee Robert Madley shows a red card to Preston North End's Ched Evans

He said: "I've watched it back, Ched's disappointed. They're hard, striker's challenges, I've been there myself where it ends up being a stupid tackle.

"What I will say on it is that we might have a look at it because they both slip before they come into each other. Tilt has made a good reaction to it to be fair.

"Ched did say coming off that he did catch him. He's made a meal of it and the referee has made a decision.

"I'll have to have a chat with the ref because Ched loses his back foot and Tilt is the same. Then they collide and Ched slides and he goes towards his chest but he doesn't actually get his chest.

"At first I didn't think much of it until I watched it back. That's the referee's decision and we have to respect it. I thought we were brilliant after.”

North End survived further Wigan pressure with a man less on the pitch but they had fought throughout the game.

A tasty 0-0, the visitors could not give an inch as they battled for a result from the game.

Lowe said: “We couldn't step off the gas. I know a Leam Richardson team and I know a lot of their players, what they lack in quality they make up for with effort and they were never going to lie down.

"They got up in our faces, got about us and Callum Lang caused us a few problems down the side but we dealt with it well.

"I was really pleased, it was a battle and both teams come away with a result - fair play.”