In the end United could have beaten Donny by six or seven, but I thought Rob Jones was a bit harsh on his team.
The first half was pretty even but the sending off made it easy for United.
Gary Mackenzie was a touch unfortunate, but such incidents are given as reds more often than not nowadays.
He didn’t intend to get Craig Alcock in the ribs but to attempt a flying kick against a leaping, defenceless player when the ball is above head height is reckless and dangerous, so the red was inevitable.
I remember when Matt Kilgallon was sent off by Mike Dean at Hillsborough for something similar but much less dangerous it tipped a tight game in Wednesday’s favour.
If Killa deserved to go (a decision we did not concur with) then Mackenzie’s was a certain sending off.
After this there was always the danger United would mess up at the back – which seemed likely at times – until the third goal calmed the nerves.
One player who was immune from such risk-taking was Kieran Wallace, who looks increasingly at home at left back.
I was never convinced he’d make a midfielder at this level, but he has sufficient technique and awareness to get by at left back.
He reminds me of ex-Blade Andy Taylor – readers can decide whether that’s a compliment or not – who has made a decent career at Walsall.
Wallace is not afraid to get forward either and is capable of beating a man and getting a cross in.
Wallace was runaway winner of the Man of the Match vote on the coach on the way back from Burton.
He’s worth giving a long look at in the position.
A big thank you to John Calvert, by the way, for saving us a couple of seats for the trip home.