Franchise FC Reaction - Franchise

Last updated : 08 October 2008 By Bournemouth Co-Ordinator
Their manager Roberto Di Matteo was quoted after the match on their offiicial web site as saying, and on the sending off: "My view is that it wasn't a sending off, it was a very harsh decision from the referee and by that decision he had an impact on the game which he should try not to have. Yes it was a foul, maybe even a yellow card but in my opinion it was never a red card. It was vicious and he didn't hurt the boy. We'll have a look at the video and see what the situation is. The result is disappointing but the boys fought and tried and there were a few chances where we could have gone ahead but it wasn't meant to be. In the first half we had control of the game and I just wanted to push on a bit more after half-time. But we didn't have the chance because two minutes in the referee sent off one of our players. MK Dons won this competition last season and we wanted to defend the cup so it's a bit of a shame we have gone out but we always seem to have these controversial decisions go against us here".