Fleetwood boss Barton: We want to contest Wes Burns' 'disputable' red card from Bradford win

Wes Burns is devastated after picking up a red card
Wes Burns is devastated after picking up a red card

Fleetwood Town boss Joey Barton has revealed the club are planning on contesting Wes Burns' red card from the 2-1 win over Bradford City.

Barton managed to pick up his first win on home soil as goals from Ched Evans and Ash Hunter steered them to glory.

But it was a controversial affair at Highbury, Eoin Doyle putting Bradford on level terms from the spot after Jason Holt was ruled to have fouled George Miller.

Just before the break Burns was sent off for a tackle on Adam Chicksen.

Replays show the winger won the ball before his momentum saw him slide into the Bradford man.

Though despite facing a second half with a man disadvantage Fleetwood regained the lead through Hunter in the 48th minute.

And though Barton accepted Andy Haines' decision to award the penalty he says there was no malicious intent in Burns tackle.

When asked if Town would be contesting the decision Barton said: "Yeah.

"If it was a straight red card I think you hold your hands up and accept that is what it was but having spoken to the player, having watched it back on replays he goes in, wins the ball and I don't think there is any malicious intent.

"But what will be will be.

"We were disappointed to lose him but I am focusing on the positives.

"The positives are the 10 men that were on the pitch and the three that came on what they contributed in energy and endeavor to battle away and get a well fought three points."

He added: "The red card I think is disputable for sure.

"He goes in, clearly wins the ball and his momentum takes him into the player.

"It is difficult for us to absorb.

"I can see the disappointment for Wes, he is not that kind of player.

"I know we always trot that out, but he is not that kind of boy and he was won the ball.

"They will look at it and hopefully the correct decision will be made, the officials do have the power to rescind red cards and hopefully common sense prevails in this matter."

He had not watched the penalty back but believes the officials made the right call.

He said: "I haven't seen it back.

"It did look like a penalty if I'm honest, you have got to trust the officials to make those big calls.

"He has given it and he had a better view than me so I'm surmising it was."

There was a tad more controversy though as Evans had a second minute opener chalked off, allegedly for handball.

Barton had not seen that incident back but says it was a weird and wonderful game, one that thankfully his side won.

He said: "I have not seen it back but I have seen a couple of bizarre things.

"I've seen a player booked for dissent, a goal kick turned into a free-kick in the middle of the pitch which I have never seen in 26 years of football.

"There were a lot of weird and wonderful things that happened this afternoon.

"Thankfully the most weird and wonderful thing was that we had three points and won a game of football."

And Barton was pleased to get his first win on his new home turf as he revealed Town had missed out on snapping up the man who scored against them Doyle in the summer.

He said: "Bradford are a good side.

"They have Doyle who scored the goal, we wanted to bring him here(from PNE), he was just a bit too expensive for us, he is quality.

"We knew they had quality in their side.

"We knew we had to be on our mettle.

"We have been fantastic away from home but we wanted a home win.

"We hit the post with Ash Eastham and had a couple of chances, when you go down to 10-men you think.you think, is it going to be one of those days?

"Fair play to the lads, we spoke to them this week about finding a way and they found a way to win the game.

"It is a real privilege to be part of the club."