Plymouth Argyle boss insists Doncaster Rovers midfielder should have been sent off

Plymouth Argyle boss Ryan Lowe is adamant Doncaster Rovers should have been reduced to ten men before half time on Saturday.

Sunday, 7th March 2021, 11:00 am

Lowe is convinced John Bostock should have received a second yellow card for a foul on former Rovers loanee Niall Ennis.

Andy Butler revealed match referee Declan Bourne had warned him that Bostock was on thin ice after being booked earlier in the half, leading the Rovers boss to subbing the midfielder at the break.

“He should have been sent-off,” Lowe said. “I think everyone could see. He [Ennis] was bursting at the back line of the defence.

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“Look, I know John Bostock very well. I played with him at Sheffield Wednesday and he’s a lovely lad.

“I have just been speaking to him. I don’t want to see anyone get sent-off but, there you go, it’s a second bookable offence.

“He should have been sent-off and he weren’t, hence why they brought him off.

“I’m not saying we would have won with 10 men, or I wanted the kid sent-off. I just wanted to be done what should have been done.

“I won’t make excuses but it’s a big talking point. The kid should have had two yellow cards.”

Rovers opened up a two goal lead before a strong fightback from Plymouth, who netted through Ennis and pushed hard for the equaliser.

And Lowe blamed ‘two moments of sloppiness’ for costing his side a result at the Keepmoat.

He said: “We had plenty of chances, plenty of crosses, plenty of opportunities to score but two moments of sloppiness have cost us.

“The first one not picking your man up from a corner and the second one not picking your man up from a second phase from a corner.

“That can’t happen. We put a lot of work in to make sure we give the lads everything when we are every team.

“We knew Doncaster were going to be a good team, we knew they were going to be a threat.

“But we have come here and had more possession, and performed the way we performed. Look, on another day we score four goals.”


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