Ben Davies: Pompey's ref got it wrong
Referee Ben Toner was wrong over the decision which saw Gary Roberts given his Pompey marching orders.
That’s the verdict of Ben Davies, who insists he had a prime view of the controversial incident against Newport County on Saturday.
Already on a yellow card, Roberts was then adjudged to have dived under a challenge from Andrew Hughes in the 59th minute.
Toner ruled the midfielder had dived, issuing a second caution and subsequent red card.
The Blues,who were 1-0 down at time, went on to lose 3-0 in a dismal performance.
Yet Davies believes Roberts should not have been dismissed by the Lancashire match official.
He said: ‘I had a good view of it. I was jogging in from behind Robbo ready to take the free-kick, I thought it was a foul.
‘It was one of those things, sometimes you get them, sometimes you don’t and unfortunately we haven’t got it – and we’ll miss him for the Mansfield game as well.
‘From what I could see, it looked a straightforward foul to me. Obviously the ref was right there and he made the call.
‘I know Robbo, I don’t think he’s that sort of person who would take a dive.
‘He was about to get a shot off so if he has gone over on purpose then I would be very surprised.
‘It was a massive decision, you go from having a free-kick on the edge of the box to having 10-men, then you are chasing a game with a man down and can get caught.
‘It just seemed to be one of those days, but you dust yourself off and move on.’
Roberts’ first booking was a trip on Medy Elito after the midfielder had surged past him.
He must now serve a one-match ban.
– NEIL ALLEN