Neil Aspin: Port Vale boss says two red cards in FA Cup exit at Yeovil were 'kick in teeth'

Surrey referee Gavin Ward's second red card of the night at Huish Park was the 66th he has issued in English professional football in 368 games
Surrey referee Gavin Ward's second red card of the night at Huish Park was the 66th he has issued in English professional football in 368 games

Port Vale boss Neil Aspin was critical of referee Gavin Ward following the two red cards that triggered their 3-2 FA Cup second-round replay exit at fellow League Two side Yeovil Town.

Vale played for more than an hour with nine men after Cristian Montano's first-half dismissal was followed by James Gibbons' 54th-minute red card.

Aspin did not have a clear enough view of the second incident.

But, on Montano's match-turning red card, he said: "It's a bad decision."

The Colombian's first red card in English football accompanied the spot-kick which gave Yeovil the lead for the first time on the night.

"It was bad enough to concede a penalty," Aspin told BBC Radio Stoke. "But the sending off is a real kick in the teeth and it obviously affected the game. We didn't get a decision all night.

"It sounds like I'm just moaning about the ref but it was a big factor in the game. To play for well over an hour with nine men was great credit to us for keeping the game alive.

"I can't ask for any more of the players. They did tremendously well but the referee has cost them the game."

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Following Gibbons' dismissal, the Valiants twice came back with nine men to equalise - but, having spoken to match referee Ward, Aspin feels any appeal would be a waste of his breath.

"I spoke to the referee and the assessor," he said. "But it makes no difference what you say. They never change their mind.

"I once appealed against another soft penalty when I was at Gateshead and got nowhere. The chances are very slim.

"I've always tried to be humble all my career. I've never got full of myself. But, with a lot of referees, their demeanour is very arrogant and that's something that disappoints me.

"And we now have to go into a difficult run of games with two players less."

Montano misses only one game, the League Two strugglers' trip to Carlisle on Saturday, but teenager Gibbons is now sidelined until New Year's Day as the red card was his second dismissal of the season, extending what would have been a three-game ban to four matches.

The 19-year-old defender was also sent off against Yeovil on his Football League debut at Huish Park in September.

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