Aberdeen 1 Motherwell 0: 'Laughable' red card will be appealed says Stuart Kettlewell after big calls go against side

Motherwell manager Stuart Kettlewell branded Jack Vale's red card "laughable" and says the Steelmen will appeal the decision that contributed to their 1-0 defeat at Aberdeen.

Stefan Gartenmann headed home the only goal on the hour mark, just moments after Vale had been shown a second yellow card for a raised boot on Jack MacKenzie.

And Motherwell were also fuming at referee Craig Napier’s decision to award the corner which led to the goal, with Gartenmann appeared to get the last touch.

It means Motherwell have failed to beat the Dons this season with three defeats and a 3-3 draw for their efforts.

On Vale's dismissal, Kettlewell said: “For me. it's laughable. Anyone that has played the game, watched the game, studied the game, you will see the ball has dropped over his shoulder and he has hooked it over his shoulder.

"Jack MacKenzie comes steaming into Jack Vale, I thought it might have been our foul.

"I’m not sure the Aberdeen player has got any place in that vicinity when our player has won the ball and hooked it over his shoulder and he actually comes charging in, doesn't de-accelerate at any point, comes haring into Jack Vale and spins him around.

“We will put a still on it and say his leg is straight and all that nonsense. He has got to the ball first, But you see the ref's reaction, we actually had the same reaction for a penalty awarded against us when they take no time whatsoever to stop and think, maybe communicate with the assistants just to see if they are seeing the right thing.

"And when he brandishes the red card we all know VAR is not going to turn it over.”

On the decision to award a corner instead of a goal kick before the goal, Kettlewell said: "We have had a look at it and I think some of you guys in the press box see the touch that comes off the Aberdeen player and it looks like it's a goal kick.

"Look at the players' reaction, the Aberdeen players start filtering back outside the box and our players acknowledge it's our ball.”

The result leaves the Steelmen ninth and just seven points off of the relegation play-off spot with four games to go.

Next week, Motherwell welcome rock-bottom Livingston who managed to avoid relegation for now after beating near rivals Ross County 2-0.

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