Chorley captain Andy Teague has issued an apology to Harrogate Town’s Andy Gascoigne after the midfielder was left with a broken leg.
Teague admits he was “gutted” after his challenge left the Town man with a broken leg in two places.
But the Chorley captain maintains he only had eyes for the ball and he never set out to break his leg.
“I can’t say sorry enough that Andy has been left with a broken leg,” said Teague.
“I only ever had eyes for the ball, I know exactly how he feels as I suffered a bad break myself, I’m absolutely gutted about it.
“It’s not a nice injury and I wouldn’t wish it on anybody, I would never set out to break another player’s leg, I’m not that sort of player and I never will be.”
It was a bad day at the office for Chorley, as not only did Teague see red but they also lost 4-1.
Boss Garry Flitcroft rued defensive errors and admitted it cost his side any form of result.
He said: “We’ve lost the game because of poor defensive errors, Adam Roscoe and Mark Ross had warnings prior to the first two goals and they didn’t listen.
“They got a second penalty which I didn’t think was one, we got ourselves back into the game but we gave away another poor goal.”
The Magpies return to league action tonight, Tuesday, as they welcome Oxford City.
Skipper Teague will be available for tonight’s game but his suspension from March 7 will leave the Magpies light at the back and Flitcroft admits he will have to strengthen.
“We have a strong squad and that allows us to rest a few legs, the lads worked tirelessly on Saturday and we will probably look at changing things.
“I think we’ll possibly have to bring somebody in, we are light on defenders as it is. Tom Smyth hasn’t started running yet so I’ll speak to the chairman to see what we can do.”