Jackie McNamara was left mightily frustrated following York City’s last-minute defeat to promotion favourites Forest Green Rovers on Saturday afternoon.
The Minstermen had taken the lead at The New Lawn through Richard Brodie’s acrobatic effort before Rhys Murphy equalised minutes before the interval.
After looking on course to claim at least a point in Gloucestershire, captain Simon Heslop was given his marching orders following two quick yellow cards before referee Steven Rushton awarded the hosts a last-minute penalty which was converted by Matt Tubbs.
Speaking to Minstermen PlayerHD, the City boss lamented the final score after seeing a massive improvement in his team following the midweek defeat to Gateshead.
“I don’t think we deserved that,” the 42-year-old bemoaned. “The players were terrific today, especially in the first 30 minutes when I thought we could have more than 1-0 up. The goalkeeper’s pulled off a great save from Richard Brodie to stop us making it two.
“I was disappointed with the equaliser. I thought there was a foul on Jack Higgins in the lead up. The ball has then gone across the box and ricocheted in.
“We lost our way a bit after that but we got back into it and were unlucky not to back in front with Yan’s (Klukowski) effort which has hit the bar.
“We conceded a penalty at the end which I actually feel is a foul on Shaun (Rooney). The lad’s pulled him back but the referee’s given a penalty against him. It’s a sore one to take to say the least.”
He added: “We said after the disappointment of the other night we wanted a reaction. Obviously we changed things around today and I thought we looked dangerous.
“We could have maybe hurt them a little more with our last pass but I was pleased with how we responded from Tuesday evening.”
The former Scotland international also voiced his displeasure at the dismissal of Heslop for two quick-fire cautions late in the second half.
“The first one I can understand because he goes for the ball and takes out the lad. The second one he actually slips, but if you are going to book a player for that then he should have cautioned a lot more fouls.
“To give him a second yellow in such a short space of time when players were brought down in attacking positions, but nothing was given, is frustrating. I’m really disappointed with the performance of the referee.”
On the overall display and goal of returning striker Richard Brodie, McNamara meanwhile added: “He’s taken it really well, it was a fantastic finish. I thought he was terrific for us. He led the line well and brought others into play.
“He’s getting a lot fitter and he put in a real shift for the team, especially when we went down to ten men. I’m delighted to have him.”