Red cards not an issue for Oyston

Karl Oyston

Karl Oyston

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Karl Oyston is perfectly happy with Blackpool’s discipline.

The Seasiders are under the spotlight after receiving five red cards in their last two games.

Eight Pool players have been sent off this season and manager Paul Ince has served a five-match stadium ban for violent conduct towards a match official, but chairman chairman is convinced there is no cause for concern.

“I absolutely do not think we have a problem with discipline at all,” Oyston told The Gazette.

“It’s just one of those strange things which football sometimes throws up.

“If you take the sendings-off in isolation, there isn’t a pattern and I don’t think we have an issue.

“The two on Saturday were probably a direct result of what happened on Tuesday and the changes we had to make.”

The upshot is that Neal Bishop, Ricardo Fuller and Angel Martinez are suspended for Saturday’s home clash with second-placed QPR.

At least Pool will be boosted by the return of defenders Kirk Broadfoot and Gary MacKenzie after suspension and of Craig Cathcart after injury.

A win would probably return Pool to the play-off places, something Oyston thinks fans shouldn’t overlook.

He added: “People need to remember what a great start to the season we’ve had.

“I’ve not got the luxury of being able to be reactive like the supporters. I have to look at things over the longer term. If someone had told me we’d start the season like we have, I’d have been delighted. I’d have snapped their hands off.”

Many fans were critical of the side after Saturday’s 5-1 hammering at Derby, with some even questioning Ince’s long-term future.

But Oyston said: “It’s all part of being a supporter –when a club loses a game or two, fans start to think someone has to lose their job.

“It’s one of the reasons football is in such a mess – people are so reactive. I have no issue with people having a bad day watching their team and then reacting badly.

“The issue I have is with chairmen listening to the fans and reacting. That’s weak and shouldn’t happen.

“I’ll never be influenced by reactive fan opinions. I’ll always look at the longer-term view. I do that with everything in life. It’s not an easy thing to do but it’s amazing how much better it makes life.”