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West Brom to dish out additional punishment to 'silly' James McClean

By Daniel McDonnell

West Brom manager Tony Pulis has confirmed that James McClean will face internal punishment on top of his three-match suspension for his reckless tackle on Bournemouth's Adam Smith last weekend.

McClean received a straight red card in a fiery encounter and their manager yesterday admitted that they would be 'punished in-house' for overstepping the mark.

"We're disappointed with both of them," he said. "The McClean challenge was really disappointing, a silly challenge.

"It's just being sensible really (the punishment). You want your players to be competitive and out there having a go but there's a line that has to be drawn and those lines were broken last week in terms of the challenge and Salomon's reaction."

Meanwhile, McClean's former club Derry City have completed a deal to bring fiery striker Rory Patterson back to the club.

The ex-Northern Ireland international left the Brandywell at the end of 2014 and since then he spent time playing in Australia and had a brief stint in England with FC United. New City boss Kenny Shiels made a move for his services in light of Derry's issues in front of goal last term; they struck just 32 goals in the league.

It will lift Shiels' mood after he hit out at the FAI for refusing to take heed of a request from his new club when it came to the construction of the fixture list.

They wanted an early home match against promoted local rivals Finn Harps before work begins on the redevelopment of the Brandywell - changes that will restrict the capacity. But their wish was not granted and they will instead start the campaign away to their neighbours in Ballybofey.

"We had hoped to play Finn Harps at home in April or March when our facility would be totally intact and it would lend itself to a good atmosphere. So I'm really, really disappointed in the FAI," said Shiels.

"I thought the FAI would have offered us some support this year after we faced long overnight trips to Cork twice and Limerick twice last season."

Elsewhere, the FAI have announced that Cork will take on Dundalk in the President's Cup in Turner's Cross on February 27. Cork finished runners-up to the double winners in the domestic competitions that decide the contestants.

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