McCall moving on from Jennings ban

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Motherwell manager Stuart McCall vowed to look ahead after Steve Jennings was suspended for their Christmas Eve clash with Hearts.

Motherwell unsuccessfully challenged a two-match suspension offered to the midfielder following a clash with Jim Goodwin, who accepted an identical ban. After being barged in the back, Jennings raised his hand to the St Mirren midfielder's face before being punched in the stomach.

"It's always worth an appeal," said McCall. "We thought we had a little chance, we didn't think it was worth a two-game ban. But you take your medicine, like it or not, and we move on."

Jennings claimed he was deliberately hit in the face by Celtic striker Gary Hooper in September, but that incident was not studied by the Scottish Football Association's compliance officer.

However, McCall is more concerned with maintaining third place in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League than getting too embroiled in the debate over the SFA's new disciplinary process.

The consistency of the system was recently criticised by Rangers manager Ally McCoist after Sone Aluko was banned for diving despite a previous tribunal clearing Hibernian striker Garry O'Connor.

But McCall said: "It's disappointing but that's what has happened and that's where the game is going. It's not something I held my breath about.

"I don't think anyone in football thought Garry O'Connor would get off with his dive but he did.

"The disappointing thing is Jenno has really been on top of his game, probably as well as he's played since I've been at the club.

"So he will be a big miss but whoever comes in will hopefully do well."

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