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Poole boss Killick warns sent-off skipper Cann: 'No more mistakes'
POOLE Town manager Tom Killick has warned newly-appointed skipper Dan Cann to watch his step on the disciplinary tightrope.
Killick was speaking after Cann had been sent off for collecting two bookings during Dolphins’ incident-packed draw at Top Field.
His dismissal, Poole’s third red card of the season, left the visitors with a mountain to climb – but one they managed to scale thanks to a dramatic late comeback.
Trailing to Michael King’s first-half opener, Poole were rocked when the same player doubled the Canaries’ lead just minutes after Cann had received his marching orders midway through the second period.
However, a grandstand finish saw Richard Gillespie and Will Spetch net to earn Dolphins an unexpected share of the spoils and preserve their unbeaten start to the season.
Killick, who handed the captain’s armband to Cann following Michael Walker’s departure to Weymouth, told the Daily Echo: “I thought he was a little hard done by with the first booking.
“I have never really got much sympathy for someone who does something which gives the referee an opportunity to interpret it as a second yellow card after they have already been booked. I don’t think it is particularly intelligent.
“I didn’t have any issues with the decision. Dan wasn’t playing as well as he would have liked and was a bit frustrated. It was rash.
“I haven’t had any real issues with him from a disciplinary point of view and I always say people are entitled to make one mistake. Dan has made one now and has got to make sure there is no repeat. As long as that is the case, then we can move on.”
Injury-ravaged Poole were forced into an early change after defender Sam Clarke had suffered a recurrence of an ankle problem, while Jamie Whisken was added to their lengthening casualty list when he tore a muscle in his shoulder.
Killick admitted his side had been “outplayed for long periods” but was delighted to see them snatch a point after ‘Mr Goals’ Gillespie had bagged his fifth in as many games and Spetch had notched his third of the season in the dying seconds.
“It was certainly unexpected,” added Killick. “We were woeful in the first half and they were very bright. We were better in the second half and it was much more even. But although we created some chances, at 2-0 down, there looked to be no way back.
“But you see it a lot when teams have a two-goal lead and, suddenly, they get nervous if you score. That is exactly what happened and, thankfully, we went on to get a second.”
Cann will serve a one-match ban when Poole host Burnham on September 21, while Steve Devlin starts a three-match suspension when Dolphins entertain Brockenhurst in the FA Cup on Saturday. Goalkeeper Nick Hutchings must also serve a one-match ban against the Badgers.
Dolphins: Thomas, Clarke (Ohameje, 23, Byerley, 68), Spetch, Oliver, Whisken, Pettefer, Cane (Elliott, 80), Devlin, Gillespie, Preston, Cann. Unused subs: Brooks, Hutchings (g/k).
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