Appy rues ‘harsh’ sending off

Pompey manager Michael Appleton talks with referee Eddie Ilderton as they leave the pitch at half-time

Pompey manager Michael Appleton talks with referee Eddie Ilderton as they leave the pitch at half-time

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Michael Appleton felt his side were on the wrong end of another harsh refereeing decision as Pompey went down to a 2-0 loss at Barnsley.

The Blues lost Dave Kitson before half-time for two yellow cards, but the Pompey boss saw the turning point of the game as another unwarranted blow to his side.

Appleton said: ‘I thought we were very comfortable up until they scored their goal. Before then, I couldn’t see where they were going to get a goal from.

‘We were always going to be up against it when we went down to 10 men.

‘But the lads dug in and we nearly looked like we would get a 0-0 draw out of the game. It was a battling performance under the circumstances.

‘I thought the sending off was harsh. Kits has tried to block the player clearing the ball up the line and the defender kicked the sole of his boot. Sometimes they look worse than they are.

‘But the minute the crowd started shouting, you knew the referee was going to send him off.’

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