Wilson set for enforced spell on the sidelines

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Josh Wilson admits his next game feels a long way away after his red card at Chester means he’ll be out of action for the next month.

The Town forward’s controversial dismissal last week will probably keep him sidelined until Halifax next appear on television against Alfreton on Monday, March 24.

It was Wilson’s second red card of the season after he was also sent-off at Salisbury back in August.

The former Guiseley striker says his enforced absence from the side will hurt and was mystified Town’s subsequent appeal was turned down.

He said: “I was really disappointed. I thought my first red card (at Salisbury) was contentious but the second is a lot worse.

“How it’s gone to appeal and not been overturned I don’t know.

“My initial thought was he had kicked the underside of my boot, which happens 10, 20 times in a game.

“Then I saw the referee shuffle in his back pocket and pull out the red card.

“I asked him why but he wouldn’t give me an answer.

“Afterwards he said I’d gone in with intent but my only intent was to win the ball.

“It was a big game for us and I was just getting into the game.

“I’d just put a cross in a minute before which we could’ve scored from.

“Then suddenly I was sat in the changing-room with no-one else around me feeling I’d let everyone down.

“I had a lot of family and friends watching and the feedback I’ve had has all been on my side.

“Not one person I’ve spoken to said it was a red card.

“I went into his room afterwards with Lee Nogan to have a chat and said I thought the decision was wrong, it’s going to really affect by keeping me out for the next four games and could he have a re-think.

“To be fair he said he would and that he knew I wasn’t a dirty player, so I was even more surprised when the appeal got turned down.

“It feels a long way off looking at the calendar now and that’s what hurts me the most.

“I can take criticism when I don’t play well but I just want to play games.”

Wilson, who has bagged six goals so far this campaign, feels he has improved as a player and has been helped by experiencing different roles in the side.

He said: “We’ve got a cracking set of lads and that’s played a huge role in the form we’ve had this season.

“Without them it could’ve been a different story.

“Everyone’s played their part and we know it’s not about the individual.

“Personally I’ve added a different part to my game with working a lot harder in matches.

“I’ve played in different positions but I think I’ll be a better player for it if I get the chance to go up front again.

“It’s been a stop-start season but I would love to have a run of 10,15 games in the team.

“I played 42 consecutive games last season so it’s not been nice to be in and out of the side. But as long as I’m playing I’ll play at left-back.”