Scunthorpe United: Paul Reid hopes Iron try to overturn red card against Notts County
Scunthorpe United will decide on Monday morning whether or not they will appeal the red card defender Paul Reid received against Notts County.
The centre-back was dismissed in the final quarter of the 2-2 draw with the Magpies having been adjudged to have caught visiting striker Yoann Arquin with an elbow as the duo went up for a header.
Manager Brian Laws was disappointed with referee Eddie Ilderton's decision to send off the United skipper, but said it would be a 'close' call on whether or not the club tried to get it rescinded.
"We're definitely going to consider appealing," said the Iron boss in the aftermath of the game.
"We can wait until Monday, but then we've got to make a decision quickly.
"It's close, I've got to say."
Reid is currently facing a three-match ban for the sending off, which would mean he would not be eligible to play again until Scunthorpe's trip to Leyton Orient on December 15.
That leaves the Iron desperately short of defensive options ahead of Tuesday's game with fellow strugglers Bury, as David Mirfin is currently absent with a knee ligament injury.
When asked whether there would be a possiblity of bringing in cover on loan, Laws said he would be making enquiries, but was unlikely to be able to do anything in time for the game with the Shakers.
He said: "There are only so many rabbits out of the hat I can pull. I think it's highly unlikely we'll get a centre-half in quickly, but I'll endeavour to try."
If the Iron do try to get Reid's ban overturned, they risk it being extended if the appeal is deemed frivolous by the Football Association's disciplinary panel.
Speaking on Twitter on Saturday, the defender hopes the club do contest the decision.
He wrote: "You know it's a poor decision when the opposition players are saying it isn't a sending off! Didn't even see the lad, eyes on the ball.
"Difficult to get a red card overturned as you are basically undermining the referee's decision but really hope the club decide to appeal.
"Watched it back 20 times and still think the same. If that's a red card their won't be any defenders left on the pitch! V.Harsh!"