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Angry Brown knows he must lift Dons

16 September 2012

Manager Terry Brown blasted the performance of referee Brendan Malone after seeing his 10-man AFC Wimbledon side defeated 2-1 by Rochdale - despite admitting that striker Jack Midson deserved his red card.

Dale looked to be cantering to victory after Dele Adebola's early header and Bobby Grant's tidy finish put them two goals up at the break against their struggling hosts, who saw Midson dismissed after 24 minutes.

Luke Moore pulled a goal back for the Dons late on but it was not enough to complete his side's fight back, taking them to six games without a win in all competitions.

And while unhappy with the role Grant played in Midson's sending off, Brown insisted his striker must learn to control his emotions and admitted his own future was now in question.

``If you push someone, then you deserve to get sent off. I haven't got a problem with the referee in that decision, if you raise your hand you're going to get done. It's not the first time Jack's done that - he has to learn.

``I thought the referee had a pretty awful game. I think it's the worst officiating I've ever seen. It's going to sound like sour grapes because we lost the game and I am a little bit annoyed.

``I can't believe he gave one decision with his back to play, which makes you think he's pretty clever because he can give decision without looking at them. He was cleverer than his performance looked.``

Brown added: There's enormous pressure on my shoulders, no doubt about that. What I needed was a performance but at the end of the day, if the results don't turn and change, I'll have to move on - that's a fact of the game.``

Rochdale boss John Coleman sympathised with the referee's handling of the fiery match.

``It was difficult for the referee. He hasn't got 10 pairs eyes so he can't see everything. It was a very niggly game and I feel for the officials.``

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