Mark Shaw called the sending off of Ross Henshaw in Saturday’s FA Cup exit a ‘disgrace’ – but admitted the performance from his men was lacking.
Speaking after a 3-1 loss at Abbey Hey, Shaw slated the officiating of an incident that appeared to be sparked by the home side’s goalkeeper, who escaped with a caution.
“We’ve had a player sent off from our side who was playing well, he gets rugby tackled by the keeper, who only gets a yellow, and Ross gets sent off,” said Shaw.
“It’s a disgrace. He’s missed two sendings off and sent our player off for no reason.
“Having the centre half sent off today has affected us much more than it did them having a winger sent off, a poor referee decision has led to us losing our best player on the day.
“But I’m not making excuses, we haven’t showed enough desire to win the game.”
Tigers missed Shaq McKenzie through illness and centre-halves Sam Liversidge and Jamie Hadfield through injury.
But Shaw still expects more from his young squad.
“We simply weren’t good enough.
“It’s disappointing, we’re much better than that.”
The manager hopes to have Hadfield back before Henshaw’s suspension kicks in, but knows they need to shore up at the back having conceded six goals in two games.
“Obviously defensively we need to work on things, but it’s going to take time,” he said.