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Colchester United boss Joe Dunne will appeal Magnus Okuonghae’s red card

PUBLISHED: 22:31 12 August 2014 | UPDATED: 22:34 12 August 2014

Magnus Okuonghae, who was sent off for deliberate handball at Charlton

Magnus Okuonghae, who was sent off for deliberate handball at Charlton

Charlton Athletic 4 Colchester United 0

Colchester United boss Joe Dunne will be appealing Magnus Okuonghae’s red card, following tonight’s 4-0 defeat at Charlton in a Capital One Cup first round tie.

Okuonghae was sent off in the 23rd minute, when the score was still 0-0, for alleged handball after stopping Franck Moussa’s goalbound shot.

Charlton went on to coast to victory, against 10 men. Yoni Buyens converted the ensuing penalty, before Lawrie Wilson scored twice early in the second half, and substitute Simon Church added a fourth in the 89th minute.

“It was not a penalty. The ball hit Magnus in the ribs, not the hand,” insisted Dunne.

“Clearly on the TV screen he is looking straight at it. I understand it is a goal-scoring opportunity, but you ask your defenders to block things and throw your body in front of things, and save the goal by whatever possible means, and Magnus has done that with his rib cage. And yet the referee has given the penalty, and sent him off!

“Mags is an honest captain, and an honest person, and if he had handled it, he would have said that he had handled it. He is adamant that he didn’t, which is why he argued. We will be appealing.

“You want defenders to defend, and Mags did that, although he has been punished for it.

“That decision completely changed the course of the game because up until then we had been more than a match for Charlton.

“We passed the ball and created a few half-opportunities and were looking quite comfortable in the game,” added Dunne.

The U’s boss also revealed that he could not bring on substitute Josh Thompson, because the ex-Portsmouth defender had injured his hamstring in the warm-up.

Okuonghae faces a three-match suspension, unless any U’s appeal is successful.

Mark Heath, Andy Warren and Stuart Watson are back with another episode of the Kings of Anglia podcast.

Trevoh Chalobah was proud to captain England Under 20s in their 2-0 victory over Germany at Colchester on Monday night but has already turned his attention to Ipswich Town’s Friday clash with West Brom.

Ipswich Town left-back Jonas Knudsen says he is ready to talk to other clubs in January.

Ipswich Town manager Paul Lambert is clear on his January recruitment strategy following a meeting with owner Marcus Evans yesterday.

In our daily feature, we take a look at what happened on this day in Ipswich Town’s history. Today features John Wark scoring twice in a draw with Swindon, while the Blues progressed in the League Cup.

Ipswich Town assistant manager Stuart Taylor believes the international break has offered the perfect chance for the Blues squad to bond further following the arrival of Paul Lambert.

Ipswich Town midfielder Andre Dozzell believes he is finally back up to speed following his year-long injury absence.

England Under 20s beat Germany 2-0 at Colchester this evening. ANDY WARREN was there to see how Trevoh Chalobah, Andre Dozzell and Flynn Downes got on

Ipswich Town’s Under-23s beat their Crystal Palace counterparts 5-2 at Playford Road this afternoon. STUART WATSON gives his observations.

ANDY WARREN spoke to new Ipswich Town first-team coach Matt Gill about his time at Norwich and his start to life under Paul Lambert at Portman Road.

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