MANAGER John Sheridan had no complaints about the red card shown to Plymouth Argyle centre-back Neal Trotman in the 4-0 defeat by York City at Home Park on Saturday.
Trotman was sent –off in the 11th minute after conceding a penalty for a tackle from behind on Ryan Bowman.
Referee Charles Breakspear decided that Trotman had denied an obvious goalscoring opportunity.
Bowman had burst into the Argyle penalty area and was about to shoot when he was bundled over by Trotman.
Sheridan said: “I think it was a red card, from where I was watching from.
“There were a few bodies in front of me but I think the lad (Bowman) was through and Neal is making a last-ditch attempt.
“I don’t know if he has got the ball, or whatever, but it looks like a sending-off to me.
“You see them every week, so there are no excuses. I think it was a sending-off, but I would like to see it on the DVD.”
Argyle protested about the penalty decision and the dismissal of Trotman but it was all to no avail.
After calm was restored, striker Wes Fletcher slotted home a 12th minute penalty to put York on the way to a convincing win.
Their second goal came in stoppage time at the end of the first half when centre-back John McCombe headed home from close range.
Up until then, Argyle had more than matched York despite the early dismissal of Trotman, who will be suspended for the away game against Dagenham and Redbridge this Saturday.
Captain Conor Hourihane had sent one shot narrowly wide while, in the 42nd minute, Jason Banton forced a good low save out of York ‘keeper Nick Pope.
Sheridan said: “I actually thought we did well in the first half after the sending-off.
“Nelse (centre-back Curtis Nelson) had a good chance and if Conor’s strike had been on target it would have been a goal.
“I think the killer blow was the goal just before half-time. It just set us back a bit.”
Sheridan added: “I’m not making excuses. It was a bad day at the office. The sending-off didn’t help, but I don’t want to be beaten 4-0 even if we have got 10 men.
“We did look all over the place the last 10 minutes. It’s a shame because we have been on a good run.”