Johnnie Jackson felt referee Trevor Kettle could have just booked Jayden Stockley and Deji Oshilaja for their penalty box skirmish – instead of sending both players off in Charlton’s 1-0 win at Burton Albion.
The official dismissed the Addicks centre-forward in the 17th minute and then quickly followed up with the same punishment for Oshilaja.
Ben Purrington headed the clinching goal minutes later as Charlton maintained their unbeaten record under their caretaker boss.
The flashpoint for the double red card came after the pair grappled as the visitors took a corner.
Jackson said: “It’s a blow to lose someone like Jayden Stockley, who is a pivotal part of our team and carries a big threat on set-plays aerially – plus defensively.
“When you lose Jayden you are going to be up against it. But the team responded pretty well, we got a goal pretty soon after it was 10-v-10.
“You could see them wrestling on the ground. I’ve watched it back – you can give them both a yellow card and get on with it. That would’ve been the way I would’ve liked to have seen it dealt with. There weren’t punches and elbows…give them both a yellow and let’s carry on 11-v-11. The lads are now going to miss games and I don’t think they warranted that.
“They are strong fellas, having a little push and a pull. It’s a physical game.”
There was also a verbal exchange between Jackson and Burton manager Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink during the first period. Akin Famewo, Diallang Jaiyesimi and Elliot Lee were all cautioned – along with unused substitute Harry Arter as the two teams headed down the tunnel.
“It was very eventful on and off the pitch. It was intense and heat of the moment stuff, that happens in football,” said Jackson, when asked about his confrontation with Hasselbaink.
“It was important [we kept things cool and composed in the second half] because we had three or four lads on yellow cards and already down to 10. I said to them at half-time: ‘Make sure we don’t go down to nine because then you’ve got a real problem’. They managed it well. We saw the game out well.
“The boys left everything out there. They ran and ran and ran out there. And worked. They stuck to the gameplan and we’ve come away from another difficult place with three points.”
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