Harrogate Town manager Simon Weaver has defended Jon Stead after the veteran striker was shown a second red card of the season, just four minutes after coming on a substitute.
The 36-year-old former Premier League star was given his marching orders for a late challenge on Dan Sweeney in the 77th minute of Tuesday’s National League clash against Barnet.
Stead’s team-mates did however “dig him out”, holding on for a 2-1 success that extends Town’s unbeaten run into a 10th match, and keeps them fourth in the National League standings.
“I think his touch ran away from him and his momentum followed through, but in this day and age you can probably see why he [the referee] sent him off,” Weaver reflected.
“However I don’t think he was high, I think his foot was down. We’ll have to see it on the video.”