Date: 21st October 2006 at 9:20pm
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Hartlepool Manager Danny Wilson has reacted with anger to David Artell’s involvement in the dismissal of Pool striker Jon Daly.

Wilson said: ‘I am not necessarily angry with the referee but I am with their central defender. This is the first time in my 30 years in the game that I have personally experienced one player trying to get the other sent off. He has conned the referee.

Wilson continued ‘Jon Daly has taken an elbow in the face seconds earlier and nothing has been given so for him to get off is an absolute disgrace. It was the turning point of the game.

‘We scrapped hard and showed determination and character but then we conceded a goal just before half time. The lads stuck at it and we nearly got something out of it at the end.’

Meanwhile, Mark Wright defended the decison by referee Mr Woolmer.

Following the match Wright said: ‘Right under our noses, he’s thrown an elbow and hit him. If you lead with the elbow then that is what happens. Whether he’s thrown it intentionally I don’t know but the linesman’s seen it that way.

The gaffer went on to speak of the overall performance and pointed out that he had not been overly impressed by the initial showing of his team. He said ‘It was far too open for my liking, so I’m not happy. To be honest we should have been two down but after they missed the chance we had a wake-up call.

‘It was a performance that looked as though our players had heavy legs. In the second half we played better but that was not a great performance, especially given the way we have been playing lately, but a win is a win.

‘It’s great to get a victory and hopefully some of the teams round us will drop some points so we can make up some ground.’

This afternoon’s results saw Chester City drop one place to 11th in Coca Cola League Two, Darlington took up 10th place having beaten Chester’s next opponents, Barnet 2-0.