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Rare praise for Match Review Panel from coach after match defining red card

Whenever the Match Review Panel meets there is always a touch of controversy.

This week there were no bans given out despite a red card for Kevin Proctor last week which derailed Wakefield who were well in the contest against Warrington Wolves until the red card.

Now Wakefield Trinity boss Mark Applegarth has praised them for this decision saying on BBC Radio Leeds: “I think there’s common sense there too.

“I don’t think there was any malice or that he’s gone with any intent so hit someone high up.

“It was a red card offence in my opinion and the sending off was the right call but I think the Match Review Panel said it was reckless, which it was, and it got a sending off offence and I don’t think it needed anymore on top of that.”

Trinity are hoping for a first win of the season against Hull FC on Thursday.

Asked about if they are getting closer, Applegarth said:

“I thought it would have been an interesting game, that last 20 if we’d have kept it 13 on 13.

“They’re an outstanding team and that’s why they’re top of the league but I said it straight after that you won’t beat a team of their quality with 12 men,

“I still think if we’d have kept it even then it would have been an interesting game but there’s definitely some positives from there.

“There’s a few areas we feel we need to improve but we’re moving in the right direction that’s for sure.”

Asked if it is a must win, he said: “I think every game is a must win, I’ve said for the last three or four weeks that when you’re bottom of the league then every single game is a must win.

“We do not have the luxury of picking or choosing games, there’s no hiding away from the fact that we need to start winning games so every game is a must win.”

“We need to start winning games, there’s no point looking at teams around us when we need to take care of our own backyard.

“I think those who watched us last week against Wire will have seen a vastly improved performance.

“I’ve never questioned the togetherness of how they’ve gone about it and now we’ve got some strike back and can play off the likes of Kelepi Tanginoa who is punching holes then we’ve got a bit of strike back.

“There’s a lot of signs that things are moving in the right direction but we need to start positing wins on the board so we can start closing that gap back.”

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