Last Updated: Sun, 15 Sep 2013 17:17
Brighton assistant manager Nathan Jones believes Leonardo Ulloa gave the referee no choice but to send him off in their 0-0 draw with Reading.
The striker stupidly gave Graham Scott the opportunity to level things up with a chin-high, karate-style challenge on Alex Pearce to earn a straight red card.
His dismissal came shortly after Pavel Pogrebnyak was shown a second yellow card for simulation and a stalemate was the predictable outcome as both teams ploughed on for the rest of the match without their main frontmen.
Seagulls substitute Ashley Barnes came closest to grabbing an unlikely winner 10 minutes from the end when he met Stephen Ward's low cross, only to be denied by a combination of Alex McCarthy and the near post.
"It was reckless challenge, Leo's not malicious but he didn't give the referee an option," admitted Jones.
"In today's football it's a straight red and with their player having just gone, the crowd up and their players rushing in it's going to be a red.
"Beforehand a point here seems a decent result but after the game we are disappointed not to take three points."
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