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Rivals in agreement over red cards

Dundee United are expected to challenge the red card issued to two-goal striker Johnny Russell during the 3-0 derby victory over Dundee.

Their opponents intend doing likewise if required after Stephen O'Donnell was also dismissed in the 72nd minute of the game. Both managers were in agreement that neither deserved the punishment handed out by referee Calum Murray.

"I don't think Johnny did anything and there's a good chance we will appeal it," United manager Peter Houston told BBC Scotland. "I had a wee look at it on television and they were yellow cards at most for both players,'

"I don't think either of them are ordering offs." agreed Dundee's Barry Smith. "I think he reacted too quickly. I don't think we'll have to appeal because I think the referee will make the decision that he was wrong and, in that case, I think it gets rescinded straight away."

Both players would face a two-match ban if found guilty of violent conduct.

Meanwhile, Houston was pleased with the result if not the overall performance as his side moved back to the top of the table.

"We were clinical, but I expected us to play better," he added. "We could have upped the tempo in the second half and scored more goals. But it is a derby match and the most important thing is winning."

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Date:Sunday August 19 2012

Time: 8:40PM

 

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