Garner handed two-match touchline ban


Ben Garner has been handed a two-game touchline ban by the FA following his dismissal against Ipswich Town last month.

The manager has been fined £2,000 for a breach of FA Rule E3 and will be absent from the dugout for the Addicks’ fixtures at Port Vale and Plymouth Argyle.

“We didn’t appeal the decision; we just felt there was probably no benefit to it if I’m honest, so I’ve accepted the charge,” Garner said. “I do feel it’s very harsh but obviously I have to accept the charge and I’ve accepted responsibility for my actions from the point I was sent off, if you like. I still maintain that I should not have been booked and I should not have been sent off.

“There’s nothing I can do about it,” he added. “I’m hoping it gets looked into and that referee and the officials on the day are assessed, but I have to accept my side of it which I have done. It’s a two-game touchline ban starting tomorrow.”

The boss will now watch this weekend’s contest at Vale Park from the stands.

Speaking of Saturday’s opposition, he said: “They’re a highly-competitive team with great energy and great desire – that’s a key part of how they play. They’ll look to press, they’ll look to be on the front foot and they’ll look to make life as uncomfortable as possible for us.

“It’s a difficult place to go and a tough team to play against, for sure. We’re going to have to do very well off restarts – there will be a lot of long throws and set pieces in terms of what they’ll be looking to do.

“For me, the first port of call is the better we are with the football, the less of those situations we have to face. If we get into a game where it’s scrappy, it’s bitty, it’s end-to-end and there’s lots of restarts and set pieces then that tilts the balance in their favour. If we can be good with the ball and make it a possession-based game as much as possible then that helps us.”

Garner revealed Diallang Jaiyesimi is nearing the end of his rehabilitation period, while Miles Leaburn is also recovering well.

“DJ is progressing really well,” said the gaffer. “He’s been out on the grass running this week so he’s entering into the final stages of his rehab now.

“Miles is also progressing well. He’s been running on the anti-gravity treadmill this week and then, hopefully, towards the end of next week he will start, getting out on the grass as well.

“They’re the closest two and DJ is certainly getting into the closing stages so hopefully he’ll be back in the group as soon as we can.” 

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