BOSS Paul Warne described the decision to send off Will Vaulks as "harsh" as Rotherham United's six-match unbeaten Championship run came to an end at derby rivals Sheffield United.
The Millers skipper was shown a straight red card in the 27th minute of the 2-0 defeat after diving in on George Baldock and will be suspended for the next three matches.
The midfielder gave the ball away and then tried to make amends by winning it back to stop the Blades wing-back taking possession on the halfway line.
He got to the ball before Baldock but the challenge was off the ground and invited referee Geoff Eltringham to make a decision.
"My take comes from quite a distance away," Warne said. "I haven't seen the incident back yet.
"Will gives the ball away and he's keen to get it back. He's gone to ground. I thought the red card was on the side of harsh. I thought it was a strong yellow. But then I'm obviously biased, aren't I?
Action at Bramall Lane
"I might change my opinion when I have seen it. I know referees have to give out red cards but it spoiled the game."
Rotherham were 1-0 down at the time but had fought their way back after conceding an early Jack O'Connell goal and were starting to trouble Chris Wilder's promotion-chasing side.
The Millers fought hard after the break, restricting the home team to one more goal, scored by Mark Duffy.
They stay third from bottom of the table, a point behind Millwall, with results elsewhere meaning six teams remain in the relegation mix.
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