STEVE KITTRICK: Red card put us on back foot

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It is disappointing to go out of the FA Trophy, but I think that the way we went out was more frustrating.

The sending off of Jameel Ible in the opening minutes of the game did for us really, because after that we were always chasing it against a good Shaw Lane side.

We had the same thing earlier in the season with Benny Igiehon, it is a situation where Jameel should have behaved that little bit more professionally.

He did have a cut lip from the clash with their player, but he reacted and that is what the referee saw.

As much as you feel aggrieved, you can’t afford to show aggression, especially when you have a younger ref, one of those who is probably set for a fast-track.

Had Saturday’s refereee been a bit older and a bit more experienced then he would have taken everything into account and then made his decision.

He would have looked at Jameel’s lip and the bigger picture.

It is similar with Scott Brown’s sending off in the second half.

Many fans came to me and said that it wasn’t a bad tackle, but you could see how excited the ref was to get his red card out.

We can take some credit out of the game because we matched Shaw Lane for long periods, despite being down to 10 men and then nine men.

On another day, had things gone our way a little more then we could have picked up a result.

It is all about the league for us now though, we need to get a few more wins under our belts.

We have lads like Chris Bolder, Duran Reynolds and Carl Stewart to come back in and then further on from that Alhassane Keita.

Hyde United will not be an easy opposition on Saturday, but we will be going out for the win and the three points that we need to push us further up the table.