MIDFIELDER Levi Mackin is determined to learn the error of his ways after being sent off for the first time in senior football on Saturday.
The Wrexham youngster was dismissed during the 5-0 rout of Stevenage Borough by Nottinghamshire referee David Coote after picking up a second caution of the game, meaning he will now be suspended for Thursday’s trip to York City.
Yesterday Mackin admitted he was aggrieved by the referee’s decision but said it would also serve as a warning for the future.
Critical of Coote’s handling of the game, he said: “I picked up my first booking in my first tackle of the game when you would normally expect a warning to be given.
“As for the second yellow I felt the ball was there to be won and I thought that’s what I did. Looking back now I know I should have stayed on my feet.
“We had been told beforehand that officials would stick to the letter of the law, but to be honest I thought he ruined the game because he was blowing up for virtually every minor physical contact.
“If we had been five or six games into the season I think I might not have been sent off.”
Mackin’s exit from the field came within nine minutes of the red card shown to Stevenage striker Steve Morison and the Dragons player went on: “The referee could not wait to show me a second yellow and it was as if he wanted to even things up.
“But it’s a hard lesson for me because I’m suspended for the next game. I worked so hard during pre-season to be in the starting line-up and now I’ve lost my place and it might be difficult to win it back straight away.
“I’ll be very, very disappointed if I’m out of the team for a while and it’s something I’ve been thinking and worrying about ever since it happened. But it’s an incident I will certainly learn from and next time I’ll consider the possible consequences before diving in.”
Wrexham boss Brian Little, meanwhile, has confirmed that Mackin’s dismissal was behind his decision to send on replacements for Darran Kempson and Jefferson Louis, who were also cautioned during the game.
“I was a bit slow in Levi’s case, but it was important to get the other two lads off as they were having to be wary and it affected their game,” he said. “Apart from that, there was very little wrong with our performance and it’s been difficult to highlight any negatives.
“I thought we handled a good side very well and teams will enjoy coming to the Racecourse on a pitch that encourages them to play football.
“But we broke them up at the right times, our keeper made the saves he had to, our defenders got a block in when necessary and we not only created the better chances, we converted them from both set pieces and in open play.”
Little’s assistant Brian Carey made the long trip south on Saturday to see York beat Crawley 1-0 and the Dragons boss is expecting another testing contest in front of the television cameras on Thursday.
“Our message to the lads this week is that a lot of the teams in this league have really good home records and we are going on the road now with three of the next four away from the Racecourse,” he added.
One of Little’s summer signings, Kyle Critchell, is the guest at tomorrow evening’s meeting of the Buckley Reds. It gets under way at the town’s cricket club at 8pm and all are welcome.