Motherwell boss Graham Alexander has disclosed that he may appeal Stephen O’Donnell’s red card which the player picked up in Saturday’s loss to Hamilton.

With Motherwell 1-0 down, O’Donnell was sent-off for a last man foul on Ross Callachan. A penalty was also awarded, which Hamilton scored on the way to a 4-1 Lanarkshire derby win.

Alexander wants to see footage of the sending-off before he decides if it is worth appealing referee David Munro’s decision.

“Only seen it live”

“I haven’t seen it on actual film, I’ve only seen it live at the time. But I would like to do (an appeal) if we feel harshly done by” he said.

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Stephen O’Donnell was sent-off against Hamilton (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)


Alexander refused to blame the defeat on the sending-off. Instead, he was critical of how his team started the game – Hamilton went one-up in only the seventh minute.

“We didn’t do things right”

“We can’t just heap the reasons why we got beat on any one person. I think we have to understand that we didn’t do things right, right from the first five, 10 minutes, and gave the opposition something to build on, and we were chasing” Alexander stated.

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Graham Alexander and Stephen O’Donnell after Motherwell’s game against Aberdeen last month (Photo by Ross Parker/SNS Group via Getty Images)

Alexander also didn’t criticise the player for the red card. He feels O’Donnell has been excellent since he became Motherwell manager.

“He apologised to me as he come off, for getting sent-off. He’s a top pro, he’s been brilliant for us since I came in here. I’ll have to look at it, and if it is a penalty, it’s a penalty”

“I just think the red card is really difficult, I didn’t see it as a blatant, professional foul or anything like that” Alexander concluded.

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