MARK Wright sprang to the defence of Dave Artell after the defender was accused of 'conning' the referee during the Blues' victory over Hartlepool United.
Artell went to ground following a 17th-minute challenge with Hartlepool's Jon Daly, who was dismissed by referee Andy Woolmer for allegedly elbowing the Chester player while jostling for a high ball.
It was the turning point in the game and United boss Danny Wilson felt Artell had made a meal of the incident.
He fumed: 'I am not necessarily angry with the referee but I am with their central defender (Artell). This is the first time in my 30 years in the game that I have personally experienced one player trying to get the other sent off. He has conned the referee.'
But City boss Wright insisted Artell was not guilty of play-acting.
Wright said: 'Daly's thrown an elbow. He didn't catch him on the head, he caught him in the throat I think. Whether there's intent I don't know.
'It's a man's game but unfortunately if you lead with an arm, that's what happens. From where I'm standing, he lead with his arm.'