Dundee clubs unite to appeal against red cards in derby clash
Dundee United's two-goal hero Johnny Russell and Dundee skipper Stephen O'Donnell were red-carded by referee Calum Murray in a second-half flashpoint.
Dundee and Dundee United last night joined forces as they launched appeals following Sunday’s double derby sending-off at Tannadice.
Arabs’ two-goal hero Johnny Russell and Dark Blues’ skipper Stephen O’Donnell were red-carded by referee Calum Murray in a second-half flashpoint.
Dundee boss Barry Smith came out afterwards and made it clear he hoped the whistler would see sense and rescind the decision to dismiss his man.
And the SPL new boys have now launched an appeal to have O’Donnell available for Saturday’s home clash with Ross County.
United gaffer Peter Houston echoed Smith’s calls for a U-turn on the decision and the top-of-the-table Arabs are also bidding to have Russell free to face Kilmarnock away this weekend.
Smith said: “We are appealing Stephen’s red card. We felt he didn’t do much wrong and we stand by that.
“So we hope the decision is overturned and he can play for us against Ross County this week.”
Smith admitted the Dark Blues were yesterday still feeling the pain of their derby massacre.
They let down their vociferous support with Nicky Riley missing a sitter before things went from bad to worse as United chalked up a 3-0 lead inside 38 minutes.
But Smith wants the Dens Park faithful to remain behind them as they adjust to life back in the SPL.
He said: “We’re all hurting after losing the derby The players and management are feeling it just as much as the fans who were incredible again on Sunday. To take over 5000 to Tannadice shows what they’re all about.
“I just ask them to stay with us because it is going to be a difficult season. I’ve said that all along but they do make a difference to the team so we need them.
“The team also need to stand up now and fight. They worked extremely hard in the derby but at times it was as individuals.
“Now we need to work together collectively and show a one-for-all attitude on the pitch. We have to stick together because that’s the way we’ll get results.”
Dundee are awaiting news on the fitness of winger Riley who hobbled off with a suspected recurrence of a hamstring problem.
Smith said: “We just have to wait and see with Nicky. Hopefully it’s not too bad because he can be an important player for us.
“We’ve probably pushed him in a bit but he trained all last week and felt fine.”
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