Suspended defender is urged to show more caution

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LECSINEL Jean-Francois has been ordered to improve his disciplinary record despite being absolved of total responsibility for the suspension which has ruled him out of tonight’s derby with Huddersfield Town.

The former Swindon Town full-back was handed a one-match ban after collecting his fifth caution of the season during Saturday’s draw at Scunthorpe.

Frank Barlow, United’s assistant manager, admitted Jean-Francois’ card count is a cause for concern. He said: “It’s something he’s got to look at but it’s very easy to get booked these days. Some of the ones he’s got have been a bit harsh, including the one he got on the opening day ay Oldham and also the one at the weekend too.

“I think it’s impossible for a defender to go through a season now without being in danger of a ban.”

Scunthorpe played the majority of their contest against United with 10 men following Andy Barcham’s first-half dismissal for a foul on Michael Doyle.

But Barlow dismissed suggestions that the standard of refereeing has declined, insisting that officials have “a very tough job to do”.

“The game in general has changed,” insisted Barlow. “Now, if you look at the Premier League especially, there’s hardly any physical contact.

“I thought the red card the Scunthorpe lad got was a bit harsh so I’m not moaning about things that arehappening to us.

“Referees are now being asked to be proactive and actually look for things rather than be reactive.”