Preston referee brandishes red card in League Two play-off final at Wembley

Preston referee Michael Salisbury had to show a red card during Monday night's League Two play-off final which saw Northampton Town beat Exeter City 4-0.

By Dave Seddon
Tuesday, 30th June 2020, 10:27 am
Updated Tuesday, 30th June 2020, 5:27 pm
Michael Salisbury brandishes the red card during the League Two play-off final at Wembley
Michael Salisbury brandishes the red card during the League Two play-off final at Wembley

The Penwortham-based official sent-off Exeter defender Dean Moxey for a reckless lunge on Kevin Watson in the 59th minute.

It was 2-0 at the time of the red card and Northampton went on to complete a comfortable victory - inflcting a third play-off final defeat on Exeter in four years.

Northampton had finished seventh in League Two - unweighted points per game used after the season was curtailed - seven points behind fifth-placed Exeter.

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The flash point in the League Two play-off final which led to referee Michael Salisbury sending-off Exeter's Dean Moxey

They had lost the first-leg of the semi-finals 2-0 to Cheltenham but roared back to win the away leg 3-0.

Last night's red card was the 10th shown by Mr Salisbury in his 29 games this season.

He had no choice but to dismiss Moxey, the defender's challenge two-footed and late.

The fourth official at Wembley was Leigh Doughty from Freckleton, with Blackpool's Natalie Aspinall the reserve assistant referee.