DANNY Lowe was sent off for FC Halifax Town as three goals in the last 10 minutes saw them crash to a 4-0 defeat at the hands of npower League One leaders Charlton in the FA Cup first round.
Centre-back Lowe saw red for a nasty foul on Scott Wagstaff with six minutes left as a spirited display by the non-league side ended in misery.
Matthew Taylor headed Charlton in front in the 40th minute and a late flurry made it emphatic, with Johnnie Jackson getting the second with 10 minutes to go before further strikes from Danny Hollands and Bradley Pritchard.
n Full FA Cup second round draw: Salisbury v Port Vale or Grimsby, Plymouth or Stourbridge v Stevenage, Sheffield United v Torquay United, Colchester United v Swindon Town, Chelmsford City v Macclesfield Town, Leyton Orient v Bournemouth or Gillingham, Crawley Town v Redbridge or Oxford City, Luton Town v Cheltenham Town, Fleetwood Town v Yeovil Town, Brentford v Cambridge United or Wrexham, Bradford City v AFC Wimbledon or Scunthorpe, Shrewsbury Town v Rotherham United, Dagenham & Redbridge or Bath City v Exeter City or Walsall, Barnet v Milton Keynes Dons, Gateshead v Hinckley United or Tamworth, Sheffield Wednesday v Maidenhead United or Aldershot Town, Sutton United v Notts County, Preston North End or Southend United v Oldham Athletic, AFC Totton v Bristol Rovers, Charlton Athletic v Carlisle United.
Meanwhile, QPR manager Neil Warnock has already started turning his attention elsewhere after now giving up hope of signing David Beckham.
Earlier this season Rangers boldly threw their hat into the ring for Beckham, latching onto his desire to play for, and potentially captain, the Great Britain team in next year’s Olympics.
With the Major League Soccer season due to end next Sunday with Beckham’s Los Angeles Galaxy taking on Dynamo Houston in the cup final, a posse of clubs have been linked with the 36-year-old midfielder.
Rangers, with new owner Tony Fernandes at the helm, initially felt they could offer Beckham another new home once the January transfer window re-opens.
However, that is not now going to happen according to Warnock, who was attending today’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix along with players Shaun Wright-Phillips, Jay Bothroyd and Heidar Helguson as guests of Fernandes’ Team Lotus.
Asked whether Beckham was still an option, Warnock, the former Sheffield United boss, said: “No, I can’t see that. We’re not there yet, we’re a team in the making. We’ve some very important signings to make in January which we are looking at now, working on, to give us that push towards the end of the season.”