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Villa to contest Herd's red card

Aston Villa will appeal the red card received by midfielder/defender Chris Herd on the weekend.

The 22-year old Australian was given his marching orders by referee Phil Dowd in the 35th minute of his side's 2-1 loss to West Bromwich Albion at Villa Park on Saturday for allegedly kicking out at Baggies defender Jonas Olsson.

Villa boss Alex McLeish said the club was unhappy with the decision and will try to have the sanction rescinded upon reviewing the footage.

"No doubt about it, looking at the pictures again Chris (Herd) has done nothing wrong," McLeish told Sky Sports News.

"It's a poor decision on the day by the official.

"These things are not deliberate - he's made an honest mistake. It's a shame that he's guessed the decision, rather than seeing anything."

The incident led to a penalty for the visiting West Brom side with captain Chris Brunt firing wide from the spot.

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