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Byrne looks for red-card appeal

2 September 2012

Defender claims mistaken identity

Cliff Byrne is hoping Latics will appeal against his sending off at Portsmouth.

The defender claims he was the victim of mistaken identity.

"I was nowhere near the incident and I hope the club will appeal as I am sure they will," he declared.

Byrne explained: "I was upfield competing for a free kick and the ball broke.

"I was making my way back at pace to try and defend when there was a coming together between two players and for some reason the referee saw fit to send me off."

Byrne was delighted with the win and the way they did themselves justice at Fratton Park.

He said: "It was a terrific win as it is a difficult place to come to and I cannot see many teams winning there.

"We finally showed what we are all about and what we have built up in pre-season and it came to fruition."

Byrne added it was important Latics matched Pompey physically.

He explained: "You don't expect it to be tippy tappy football in League One.

"It is important we rolled up our sleeves and matched them on that front.

"I thought we were the team which tried to bring the ball down and bring a bit of quality to the game and we got our just rewards."

Byrne added personally he would give the goal to Jonathan Grounds.

"I would give it to him as he made a 70-yard run, played a number of one-twos and drilled over what you would call an undefendable ball so all credit to Jonathan," he said.

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