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25 August 2018

Key moment in game as Town look set to appeal over Toto dismissal

Paul Hurst was left at a loss to explain the red card handed to Toto Nsiala in what was the key moment in Town’s defeat at Hillsborough.

The teams were locked at 1-1 with 15 minutes to go when the defender was dismissed for a challenge on Fernando Forestieri. A minute later Lucas Joao grabbed his second goal of the game after Nsiala had cancelled out his opener.

The Town boss indicated the Club would appeal against the red card, which carries a three match ban.

“Toto wins the ball. I don’t know what he is meant to do. It’s not his fault if Forestieri wants to run into him,” Paul told iFollow Ipswich.

“The referee says he has a great view but I don’t know what they see sometimes. The lad has slid in and clearly won the ball and then their player runs into Toto. I just don’t get it. I’m at a loss.

“It’s livelihoods that are at stake here. Supporters have travelled a long way not to see a decision like that as well.

“Has it cost us a goal? We won’t know but our best header of the ball is off the pitch and he would have been in the area where the ball came in. It's a key moment.

“We will probably appeal but I have seen it before. Sometimes there is no commonsense in these things.

“We were well in the game at the time. It was another soft goal for us to concede for their first one.

“We got back in it and at half-time it was about having the belief to go on and win it. Things are not going for us but we have to get on with it and be mentally strong and I’m well aware how important next week’s game is against our local rivals.”

Subscribers to iFollow Ipswich can watch the full interview with Paul.

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