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Raynor questions Revell red card

23 September 2012

Rotherham assistant manager Paul Raynor questioned Alex Revell's red card in the Millers' draw with Barnet - but said he was not surprised with the reaction of the referee or the Bees player involved.

Revell received his marching orders for a reckless tackle on Barnet defender David Stephens with 10 minutes left - effectively ending Rotherham's bid to pick up their first away league win this season.

"All I see is Alex trying to block a clearance and the guy [Stephens] goes down. I thought there was going to need to be two stretchers to take him off," said Raynor. "Obviously not and he jumped back up within seconds of Alex going off, but that's not too much of a surprise to me."

Raynor, who has taken over match-day duties while boss Steve Evans serves a six-game stadium ban, believes referee Dean Whitestone was fooled by Stephens' over-reaction to Revell's challenge.

He added: "It certainly wasn't two-footed, the guy has obviously seen Alex coming and instead of riding the tackle he's done a triple salco and three forward roles and stayed down.

"But that doesn't surprise me either, that's what we're up against at the moment and there seems to be a lot of things conspiring against us."

Meanwhile, Mark Robson's Barnet are still without a win in the league this season. However he described the performance against Rotherham as the best he has seen from his side so far this campaign.

"Performance-wise it was arguably the best of the season. I thought we were in control of the game," said Robson.

"In the first half I thought we were particularly excellent and perhaps deserved to go in at half-time in front but it wasn't to be.

"But I thought in general there were a lot more runs in behind, more shots at goal and a lot more movement and I have to say I was really proud of the performance."

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