Steve Evans: Mansfield boss anger at 'dreadful decision' by referee Geoff Eltringham

Manager Steve Evans has severely criticised referee Geoff Eltringham following Mansfield's 4-1 FA Cup replay defeat by Cardiff City.

The Stags boss was particularly frustrated at a decision not to send off Junior Hoilett in the first half.

Evans said: "I am not proud of the referee's performance. It was a clear foul for Cardiff's first goal.

"How has he not given a red card to one of the most outrageous tackles? It was a really, really dreadful decision."

Cardiff manager Neil Warnock and Mansfield boss Steve Evans
Cardiff manager Neil Warnock and Mansfield boss Steve Evans

The Stags, who held Championship promotion hopefuls Cardiff to a 0-0 draw in Wales in the initial third-round tie, were briefly level at 1-1 on Tuesday night when Danny Rose scored seconds after Bruno Manga had opened the scoring for the visitors.

Hoilett's double and a goal from Anthony Pilkington set Cardiff up with a fourth-round meeting with Premier League leaders Manchester City.

"Second half we were in the ascendancy, but we switch off and they get a bit of luck," Evans told BBC Radio Nottingham.

"We wish Cardiff well. We are disappointed but I think Cardiff applied themselves really well and were very committed.

"The boys were fantastic in spells but the referee was rubbish. There's the word, rubbish."

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