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Rowett unhappy Kitson escaped for part in Sharps dismissal
BURTON Albion manager Gary Rowett felt Dave Kitson was fortunate not to be sent off for his part in the altercation which saw Ian Sharps red carded.
The Brewers boss was in no doubt that the first-half dismissal was the key moment in the game, which Oxford United went on to win 2-0.
Sharps received a straight red for kicking Kitson, who retaliated by shoving the defender.
Rowett reviewed the footage and although he had little complaint about the sending off, he argued referee Michael Bull should have made it ten-a-side.
He said: “I know we hadn’t created an awful lot, but we were definitely in control. “But whatever way you want to look at it, one decision changed the match.
“If you’re going to red card Ian Sharps for a kick which didn’t look particularly violent in my opinion, then surely I thought in the rules of the game it says that if you raise both hands to push someone, it’s a red card.
“I’m not suggesting that it was worthy of a red card, but in the laws of the game, I hear it all the time.
“Once you raise your hands, you leave yourself with no option but to send the player off.
“By not doing that, I just thought it changed everything.”