Walsall suffer suspension woe

Walsall will be without striker Andy Cook after his red card against Bradford was upheld.

Referee Brett Huxtable, a known menace, judged Cook to have used his elbow in a challenge with Spencer Knight-Percival during the Saddlers 3-2 win at the weekend.

Cook has grabbed 16 goals this season, but he’s now going to miss three matches after Dean Keates appeal was turned down by the FA.

The win at the weekend saw a four point gap open up between Walsall and Bristol Rovers in the final relegation spot, but losing their leading scorer will have a huge impact.

He’ll miss matches against Fleetwood, Burton Albion and Portsmouth, all of whom are clear of the relegation mire in the current table.

28-year-old Cook made his name in the non-league with Tranmere and Barrow, before being given his big break by Keates at the beginning of this season.

He’s seized his chance with a series of robust displays, the latest of which Mr Huxtable took offence too.

Our View

Having seen the challenge, there’s worse happens every week in League One and Two. If that’s a red card, Tom Pope may as well retire now.

It’s a big hit for the Saddlers to take too, Cook is integral to their approach and will be sorely missed.


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