Jon Brady labels Hylton's red card a 'shocking decision' and suggests Cobblers could appeal

Striker faces a three-game ban unless the decision is overturned
Danny Hylton heads down the tunnel after his red card.Danny Hylton heads down the tunnel after his red card.
Danny Hylton heads down the tunnel after his red card.

Cobblers could be tempted to appeal a straight red card for the second week running following Danny Hylton’s stoppage-time sending off against Stevenage on Saturday.

The veteran striker, who was also involved in Northampton’s second and third goals despite only coming on after 71 minutes, clashed with Stevenage defender Dan Sweeney in the second minute of added time. The pair had a hold of each other when battling for an aerial challenge before Hylton appeared to raise his arms and shove Sweeney in his chest.

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Referee Geoff Eltringham had no doubt and immediately reached for his red card. The 33-year-old now faces a three-match suspension unless Northampton successfully appeal the decision.

Manager Jon Brady said: “Sweeney has ripped Danny’s shirt up and over his back and all Hylts has done is pushed him in the chest to say ‘look, get off me’ and it’s nowhere near a red card. It’s not even a yellow.

"He’s been manhandled and he wants Sweeney to get away and he’s trying to get his shirt back down. Watch it back. Hylts was absolutely magnificent when he came on and I can’t have a bad word said against him. It’s a shocking decision.”

Asked if they will appeal, Brady replied: “We’ll see. We need to let the dust settle.”