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SWINDON TOWN: Ridehalgh cleared for County Ground return
LIAM Ridehalgh will be able to feature for Tranmere Rovers against former club Swindon Town this weekend after the Whites successfully appealed against the full-back’s red card in the recent clash with Port Vale.
The on-loan Huddersfield man, who played 13 times for the Robins during their League Two title-winning season in 2011/12, was dismissed just half an hour into his Tranmere debut in the 1-0 home defeat to Port Vale on Saturday.
However, Rovers asked the FA Regulatory Commission to take a second look at the incident and the governing body has chosen to reverse the decision.
Tranmere manager Ronnie Moore was pleased with the outcome, telling the club’s official website: “It’s nice that it was overturned. We thought on Saturday that it was a bit harsh.
“It helps us in that he’s available for this week but it doesn’t help us with the way the game panned out last week. To go down to ten men and play for an hour is difficult to take when you know he shouldn’t have been sent off for it.
“The referee gave an honest decision on what he thought at the time, but I always feel you should look at the opposition. Nobody appealed for the penalty and the lad thought he’d missed it because he hit the post, it came back to him and he put it past the post and was lying on the floor with his head in his hands, so he obviously didn’t think it was a penalty.”
In addition to keeping Ridehalgh in his squad for the game at the County Ground, Moore could also welcome Danny Holmes back.
“Danny has been ill but is in training today and hopefully will declare himself available for the weekend,” Moore, who yesterday drafted in Barnsley defender Jim McNulty on loan, added.
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