"He goes to ground, he misses the ball by centimetres, there was no great malice in the way he went into it and I think the ref got kidded because two minutes earlier, he committed a foul - I think it was an accumulation of the two.
"I saw four or five tackles against us last week that were worse than that and weren't even penalised."
Skipper Dean Lewington agreed, saying: "It seems as soon as you raise your studs and you play for MK Dons, you get sent off but if you're anyone else, it's completely fine."
"He shouldn't react like he did and I do not condone that.
"There's a number of scenarios that I can't protect my players over and I won't protect them, but Smithy and Stephen Gleeson against Cheltenham, I've got to because they're not sendings off.
"People will point fingers and I understand that but you've got to look at why they're being sent off.
"None of them have been for verbals, there have been no bookings this season yet for anybody verbally having a go at the opposition, so that's an improvement, it's the referee and linesmen's judgment against our challenges."
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