HARTLEPOOL manager Danny Wilson has hit out at midfielder Willie Boland for the red card which will keep him out of the League I clash with Town at the Galpharm a week tonight.
The experienced Irishman will serve a three-match ban after his early bath during Saturday’s stormy clash with Brighton.
Ex-Coventry and Cardiff man Boland walked during the first half of the 2-1 home defeat after lashing out following a Dean Cox challenge.
Ten-man Pool appeared to have salvaged a point when Richard Barker netted from the spot in the 86th minute after a handball by Tommy Elphick.
But they were stung when Brighton’s Bas Savage claimed a third straight away win late on.
Boland, 32, will begin his suspension when Hartlepool head for Millwall on Saturday, and Wilson said: “Willie deserved it.
“You can’t go round kicking people and Willie knows that. He let himself and his teammates down.
“There was no need for it. He had to show more restraint. Maybe he was provoked before but you have to rise above that.
“He fell into the trap. If he has got a problem with things like that then if I was an opposing manager I would try to wind him up as well if there was a chance he would get himself sent off.
“He has to have a calming influence from within and not rise to the bait.”
Hartlepool, meanwhile, are to retire their number 25 shirt following the death of young midfielder Michael Maidens in a road traffic accident.
All the team wore his surname on the back of their shirts for Saturday’s match.
The only other English clubs to retire numbers for deceased players are Manchester City (23 for Marc-Vivien Foe) and QPR (31 for Ray Jones).