Danny Wilson, the Sheffield United manager, has outlined his disappointment at the decision not to quash the red cards Michael Doyle and Ryan Flynn received at Scunthorpe last weekend.
Referee Steve Rushton sent off both players during a controversial contest which saw the visitors overcome their numerical disadvantage to snatch a deserved draw.
United’s attempts to have the dismissals wiped from the record books failed when an independent regulatory tribunal considered the club’s appeal on Tuesday.
With Doyle and Flynn now suspended for the next three matches, starting with today’s League One fixture against Bury, Wilson said: “I always thought the referee would play a key role, particularly on Michael Doyle’s. You need a little bit of humility from the ref to say a mistake was made.”
Despite the recent arrival of Paul Gallagher and Dave Kitson on short-term deals, the loss of two influential players has caused Wilson a major headache ahead of the meetings with Doncaster, Yeovil and Peter Shirtliff’s side.
Flynn has netted twice in three appearances this season, while Wilson said of Doyle: “Michael might not always get the headlines but he’s done an absolutely sterling job throughout my time here. There’s no point in moping about it now, though. We’ve just got to deal with it and get on with it.”
Wilson described Rushton’s performance at Glanford Park as “terrible” but escaped censure because the Football Association judged he had not questioned the official’s integrity.
Meanwhile, former United midfielder Jamie Hoyland is expected to take charge of the club’s under-18’s against Crewe Alexandra this morning following director of academy coaching John Pemberton’s departure on Monday.
The match, at Shirecliffe, now kicks off at 11.30am.