BARNSLEY secured a valuable draw at promotion chasing Blackpool thanks to a David Perkins goal.
However, Blackpool manager Ian Holloway has called for referees to be given access to video replays after his side’s draw was marred, in his opinion, by Keith Southern’s first-half dismissal.
Matt Phillips rescued a point for npower Championship play-off-hopefuls Blackpool in the 71st minute - cancelling out Perkins’ tap-in for the Reds within moments of the start of the second half.
However the main talking point came after 21 minutes of the first half when Southern saw red for what appeared to be a two-footed lunge on Barnsley defender Stephen Foster.
Blackpool boss Holloway disagrees though and believes it was Foster who went in double footed - and called for the referee, Andy D’Urso in this situation, and his colleagues to be given technological help.
“I am absolutely devastated with the sending off to be honest. I felt there were two people in that challenge,” said Holloway.
“My player put one foot in and the other put two in. I have seen it four times from a few different angles and my disgust at the decision won’t change.
“Until we get it right we will continue to have the debacle we have seen this weekend in some of the games in the Premier League.
“I don’t think it matters who gets there first in the tackle. It’s the intent and the purpose and two-footed is much worse than one footed and that’s why Keith is aggrieved.
“He went in fairly to win the ball. I wouldn’t have a problem if both men had been sent off but the referees need help and it isn’t human help that they need.
“They have a monitor to look at and they should be able to use it to make decisions. These decisions don’t even themselves out over the course of the season in my opinion.”
The draw leaves Barnsley eight points clear of safety in 18th spot and boss Keith Hill admitted he cannot wait for Championship football to be secured and next season to come around.
“It’s essential that we stay in the Championship and results like this, regardless of the performance, give us a great chance of doing that,” said Hill.
BLACKPOOL (4-3-3): Gilks 7; Eardley 6, Evatt 7, Harris 6, Baptiste 7; Ince 8, Southern 4, Martinez 5 (Dicko 72, 6); Lualua 7 (Ferguson 55, 6), Phillips M 8, Dobbie 7 (Sylvestre 87, 6). Subs not used: Crainey, Ormerod.
Red: Southern (21, serious foul play)
BARNSLEY (4-2-3-1): Button 7; Wiseman 7, Foster 7, Edwards 6, Collins 7; McNulty 7, Tonge 6 (Higginbotham 85, 6); O’Brien 8, Nouble 6 (Davies 76, 7), Perkins 8; Noble-Lazarus 7 (Cotterill 76, 6). Subs not used: Dawson, Gray.
Yellow cards: Tonge (80), McNulty (89)
Ref: Andy D’Urso (Essex)