Reds ace's frustration at red card

BARNSLEY defender Stephen Foster was left deeply frustrated with his controversial sending-off against Hull City on Saturday.

The former Reds skipper was given his marching orders for an innocuous challenge on Tigers striker Matty Fryatt.

And Foster's straight red card proved the catalyst for the home team to clinch a 2-0 win, a victory which was soured even further for Mark Robins' team when current captain Jason Shackel was sent off for a second yellow card in injury time.

"I was really disappointed with the decision," Foster told The Star.

"When I saw the replay it looked worse than it was, but as far as I was concerned he'd got around me and managed to get his shot off.

"The lad didn't even look around and nor did I because neither of us thought it was a foul.

"But maybe the linesman thought there was some contact; to get sent off and for them to score from the penalty was a bitter pill to swallow.

"Sure enough we had hold of each other's arms but it was looking like a goalless draw and unfortunately these decisions sometimes go against you."

The Tigers bagged a second goal late on to inflict on the Reds thier first defeat in three in the Championship.

But Foster has challenged the Oakwell outfit to bounce back at home to Swansea City despite he and Shackell both being suspended for the contest.

"Hopefully, everyone can pull together and get the right result," added Foster.

"Unfortunately, we're not blessed with too many centre- halves, but that's the way it goes sometimes.

"Jason was also unhappy he got sent off but we have got options who can play at centre-back.

"Doyley (Nathan Doyle) and Bobby (Hassell) have both played at centre-back before, so we've got options.

"It's time for everyone to pull together and this will be a real test of our squads' resolve.

"If you look at the benches of other clubs, then they're littered with ex-Premier League players and a lot of talent, but we're a small squad and it's time for us all to come together.

"Swansea are going to be a tough side to beat and they're playing well at the moment, but sometimes we forget how good we are as a team.

"We've got home advantage and it's up to us to give the Barnsley fans something to shout about.

"We've been great at home this season and if we've got aspirations towards pushing for the play-offs, then another home victory will be very valuable."

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