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Red card rescinded

21 November 2016

Jim O'Brien's red card is rescinded after an appeal

Shrewsbury Town midfielder Jim O’Brien will be available for the trip to Fleetwood Town on Tuesday night after his red card on Saturday was rescinded.

O’Brien was sent off for a challenge on Sheffield United wing-back Daniel Lafferty, which saw the Town man also give away a penalty.

Town appealed the red card on Monday and were successful following an FA hearing.

Jim will also not receive a yellow card for the challenge and Manager Paul Hurst is pleased that he will be available for the game.

“It’s always better to have players available to you and I think common sense has prevailed,” Paul told ShrewsWeb.

“Unfortunately it doesn’t help us in terms of Saturday, that’s been and gone, but thankfully there’s no further punishment, which is what we were appealing for.

“It’s difficult and mistakes do occur, but to say that he didn’t make a genuine attempt at the ball was the wrong judgment.

“From what I’ve seen he gets the ball anyway and it shouldn’t have even been a penalty, but whether he got the player first or the ball, it’s clearly a genuine attempt to play the ball.

“We haven’t got massive options available to us, so it’s certainly better to have Jim available and we’re just missing Abs now.”

It has also been confirmed that Abu Ogogo will be unavailable for the next three games after Town decided not to appeal the decision.

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