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BENSON FACES THREE-MATCH BAN

23 November 2015

Town won't appeal striker's red card

The Hatters face three games without Paul Benson after John Still decided against an appeal to overturn the striker's sending-off at Stevenage on Saturday.

Still believed that the 36-year-old got the ball but said at his Monday press conference he could see why referee Rob Lewis reached for a straight red card.

The boss explained that he is interested in looking at a replacement for Benson with the loan window due to close on Thursday this week.

Other than Benson's omission, the Town have no further selection problems ahead of Tuesday's game with Carlisle at Kenilworth Road.

Still will choose a replacement for the absent Benson with Jack Marriott and Craig Mackail-Smith vying for a place in attack.

Nathan Doyle is nearing full fitness but Pelly Ruddock Mpanzu remains sidelined with an ankle injury.

Still said: "He clearly gets the ball and doesn't touch the player at all, but I can see why he got sent off.

"We can argue it and go 'he didn't touch the player and the player went down without actually being touched,' but he probably did go in with two feet and I think if the letter of the law is to be adhered to then I'm not going to argue with the referee.

"I think that he saw the ball and went for the ball and, as I said, the player wasn't touched, but I can understand the red card and we won't be appealing.

"It was an area of the pitch he didn't need to go in to challenge. It was a safe area of the pitch, really. But I've seen centre forwards tackle before and not particularly successfully, so that's what I think."

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