Interim manager Michael Brown felt that the red card given to Rigino Cicilia “changed the game” as Port Vale lost to Bolton.
The loss means Vale could be relegated on Tuesday evening and Brown told the official Port Vale website: “It was another extremely disappointing day for us, I thought we came out and tried to put them on the back foot and we were excellent at times against a good Bolton team.
The referee doesn’t take time to think about it and it’s a very disappointing decision which changed the entire outlook of the game…
“The red card changed the game. Riginio has put his arm up to go feel for the defender, he is six foot five so his arm is going to be high and the ball just misses his head and hits his arm.
“The referee doesn’t take time to think about it and it’s a very disappointing decision which changed the entire outlook of the game. Even their bench didn’t appeal, it was a big call.
“I thought they [the players] were great. When that [Jerome Thomas’ effort] doesn’t go in you begin to question if it’s your day.
“It was still a very good performance, and maybe there was a foul on Andre Bikey in the build-up to Bolton’s second goal.
“Up until that moment I thought we were excellent even with ten so full credit goes to the players and they are the positives we take.
“We have got to go and do that again on Tuesday.”