League Two - Rochdale to appeal Cavanagh's red

Rochdale will lodge an appeal with the Football Association against skipper Peter Cavanagh's dismissal in the weekend defeat at Burton.

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League Two - Cavanagh ban blow

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Rochdale captain Peter Cavanagh (PA Sport)

Midfielder Cavanagh was shown a straight red card by referee Seb Stockbridge in the seventh minute following a high challenge on midfielder Robbie Weir.

Dale manager Keith Hill felt Cavanagh should have been shown a yellow card for an earlier challenge on Weir, which resulted in treatment for an eye injury, but that the second challenge was accidental.

Hill said after his side's 1-0 defeat: "I'm relatively pleased by what the players are doing, what I'm trying to achieve and what the club is trying to achieve, but I can't legislate for match-changing decisions that the referee makes so early in the game.

"It has been a decision that has somewhat dictated the remainder of the game and that is unfortunate."

Cavanagh will sit out an automatic three-game ban if Dale's appeal is unsuccessful and miss Saturday's home game against Chesterfield and successive away fixtures at Plymouth and Oxford.

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