Date: 26th February 2014 at 2:55pm
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Following last night’s loss to Portsmouth only one thing was really on manager James Beattie’s mind and that was the tackle put in by Romain Padovani on Peter Murphy.

The Portsmouth midfielder put in a challenge that certainly got our team’s back up on the half hour mark, and Beattie couldn’t believe the referee didn’t show him the red card.

‘The lads are not happy with the referee’s decision not to send Padovani off. I’ve looked at the video and it’s a joke of a decision. I’m lucky not to be going to see Peter in A&E at the moment with a broken leg.’

Beattie goes on to say that Sarginson took that long to make the decision that in his mind he was clearly thinking ‘I don’t want to be battered by 13,000 fans for the rest of the game’ as he doesn’t believe anyone will see a clearer red card all season long.

‘Padovani made no attempt to play the ball and his knee was turned to his side so he could show the bottom of his foot to Peter’s leg. The lads are incensed to be quite honest and I think they’ve got every right to be.’

Expect an FA charge any second….

Portsmouth took the win shortly after the half time restart, and Beattie’s anger with the result is clearly because he believes we should’ve been facing ten men for the final hour of the game, but he could take positives in the way we played as he believes the better side lost on the night, and we were just unfortunately harshly punished for one of the few mistakes we made over the course of 90 minutes.