Scunthorpe United keen on defensive reinforcements, despite decision to appeal Paul Reid's red card
The Iron have lodged an appeal to try to get club captain Paul Reid's weekend red card against Notts County overturned.
The Football Association's disciplinary panel is expected to meet tomorrow to reassess referee Eddie Ilderton's decision to send off the defender for using an elbow when he went up for a header with the Magpies' Yoann Arquin.
Reid is currently facing a three-match ban for the red card – which would rule him out of action until mid-December.
If the decision is upheld, he will miss tomorrow's game with Bury and matches against Doncaster Rovers and Bournemouth.
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"We've collectively looked at it and think it's worth a shout, although, having said that, it will be a small one," said manager Brian Laws this lunchtime.
"If we achieve it, brilliant, we've got our captain back.
"But it's always a case of having to rely on two or three people's opinions and whether they disagree with the referee.
"It's a very hard one to turn over, but in respect to our captain, who is in great form, and given there was no deliberate or malicious act out there, we believe we should at least try and apply for it to be rescinded.
"We won't know until tomorrow at least, but fingers crossed."
Regardless of what happens with Reid's appeal, Laws says he has been trying to bring in some defensive cover to take the Iron through to January.
With David Mirfin sidelined by a knee ligament injury, United's defensive options are stretched, with full-back Tom Newey likely to have to play as a makeshift centre-back against the Shakers.
"Reidy is just getting back into form, so the last thing we want is for him to lose his place, but that's football. We've got to deal with it," continued the Scunthorpe manager.
"It is tough (looking to bring in cover), but we are looking and I'm trying very hard to bring one in.
"We started on Saturday evening, talking to managers and texting others to let them know I'd be ringing on Sunday.
"I've had some positivity, so there's always a chance. But whether we get it before Tuesday or not I don't know.
"I can't see us continuously going all the way through to January as we are now. That would be very tough on the team."