Sport Hibs will appeal Joe Newell red card if they can as second-half reaction hailed

05:13  23 july  2021
05:13  23 july  2021 Source:   scotsman.com

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Hibernian 3-0 Santa Coloma - Boyle nets penalty & deflected drive; Newell shown straight red then Bouharma & Ramos dismissed for visitors before Nisbet finishes flowing move. Both Scottish clubs away in second leg next Thursday. Winners of Aberdeen's tie will play Austria Vienna or Breidablik in next round; Rijeka or Gzira await winners of Hibs ' contest. On sending off: "You then have to adapt and find a way to win the game. We got spooked going down to 10 men and half-time was good for us. We were a lot better second half . On referee: "You win the game so maybe the frustration is less.

Hibs will investigate the possibility of appealing Joe Newell’s red card after the Easter Road side suffered a frustrating night despite taking a 3-0 first-leg lead in their Conference League qualifier against Santa Coloma.

a man standing in front of a football game © Joe Newell is sent off.

Two goals from Martin Boyle and a third from Kevin Nisbet leaves them in a solid position ahead of next week’s second leg, but they had to show mental strength to regain their equilibrium in the second half after the controversial sending off of Newell after half an hour.

"It was eventful,” said manager Jack Ross. “The first 20 minutes it goes to plan, scoring, the way the game was panning out, then of course the officiating is questionable, not just in that period but through the course of the game.

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“I think when we went a man down we were spooked by and didn't respond particularly well in that period but when getting at half time unscathed was important.

“I haven’t seen [Joe’s challenge] but my staff have and they’re all in agreement it wasn’t a red card. I think there were even people doubting whether it was a yellow. I think it went hand in hand with how the game had started from an officiating point of view. There were a heck of a lot of cautions throughout the game.

“Changing the system at half time, and with the affirmation that the players were still being good players and that doesn’t change when you go down to 10 men, that helped and I think in the second half the game changes again with the other sendings off, but before that we looked a better side again and the players deserved credit for that, for responding as we had that period when we lost that little bit of composure but regained it well."

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Hibs are now unbeaten in five and a point clear of Aberdeen having played a game more. And the Easter Road side also have Celtic firmly in their sights, with the champions just a point ahead but having three matches in hand. Fifth-place Motherwell, despite being awarded two 3-0 victories on Thursday for Mugabi did have the ball in the net shortly before half -time, but O'Hara was harshly adjudged to have fouled Lewis Stevenson in climbing to head the ball down for the defender to bundle home. Watt blazed over early in the second period before Hibs took command with a much-improved performance.

The Andorran underdogs had two men sent off themselves later in the match but that did not dilute the sense of injustice in the Hibs ranks and in the stands over Newell’s punishment, which is why the club could appeal, according to Ross.

“I’m not sure how the process works but if it is in line with our domestic [system] and we feel it’s unjust, we will.”

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