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Smyth's red against Point needs a rethink, insists Surgenor

 

By Alex Mills

Versatile Mark Surgenor is urging referee Arnold Hunter to review Aaron Smyth's sending off at the weekend.

The Carrick Rangers defender was sent packing just before the break after a collision with Warrenpoint Town's Stephen Moan - a decision that angered the home fans.

It means that Smyth must sit out tonight's BetMcLean League Cup quarter final tie against Barry Gray's in-form Cliftonville at the Loughshore Hotel Arena.

"I rate Arnie as one of the best referees in the league, I just hope he has a good look at the incident and perhaps he'll have a rethink," said Surgenor.

"I've reviewed the tackle and Aaron's feet don't leave the ground - both players went in full blooded.

"It's ironic that Aaron actually came off worse. He has a nasty gash on his ankle. Both boys were committed and to be honest, if Arnie really has a good look at it, he will see it that way.

"Yes, I realise why he reacted with a red card, but the more I've looked at it, the more I'm convinced it was a yellow all day long.

"Aaron is a big player for us. We need him on the pitch rather than sitting in the stand suspended."

Surgenor admits his team need to bring their A-game to the table against a Cliftonville team that has been rattling in the goals of late.

"Joe Gormley and Rory Donnelly are beginning to hit it off which sets off alarm bells for the rest of the league," admitted the midfielder.

"We are working off a small group of players and we have been hit by injury and suspension over the last five weeks.

Rangers have great memories of last season when they went right to the League Cup final before being pipped by Ballymena United.

"It was great for the club and the town in general, everyone was buzzing," added Surgneor. "It would be great to repeat that.

"We'll certainly give it a rattle against the Reds. We know we can't afford to carry any passengers, we'll need everyone on their game."

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