Middlesbrough will have Daniel Ayala available for Saturday’s clash with Aston Villa, with the club successful in appealing the defender’s red-card.
Ayala was dismissed in Wednesday’s 2-1 defeat to Preston North End for a lunging challenge on the edge of Boro’s area.
That led to the red-card, but Boro have now confirmed that it has been overturned and Ayala has avoided a four-match suspension.
Whilst that’s obviously good for a stuttering Boro side in the coming weeks, many feel it is frustrating given the dropped points against Preston.
Boro had led thanks to Ashley Fletcher’s goal, but Paul Gallagher’s free-kick from Ayala’s foul pulled Preston level, with Jayden Stockley then winning the game with a header.
Despite Boro winning the appeal and having Ayala available for the coming weeks, they were quick to make the point that Boro wouldn’t have lost a game they were comfortable in without losing their defender…
Does that mean the result gets changed?
— isaac (@IsaacMarron) March 15, 2019
I knew it happy but also fuming! That ref needs a slap and demoted to Sunday league horrendous decision.
— Stephen Savage (@Steve_MFC) March 15, 2019
— akmedo (@akmedo) March 15, 2019
Get in. Trust the clown of a ref does a spell in the conference and is given a new training programme and told to bin his x-ray specs. What about the 3 points though ? UTFB
— Graham foggin (@Foggs101) March 15, 2019
Fair player that cost us the game
— jake young/boro/boring vloger (@JakeVloger) March 15, 2019
Too late now
— Mini Mckeone (@minimckeone) March 15, 2019
doesn't change the result. well done referee
— STEVEMUCKIAN (@stevemuckian1) March 15, 2019
Well done to everybody involved in righting a major mistake by the ref! Just a shame we can’t have the 3 points as well!!
— Marc Mason (@AlpDHuez) March 15, 2019