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Wilson slams Jennings for red

Barnsley boss Danny Wilson was highly critical of Dale Jennings after the winger was sent off in the 1-0 defeat to Crawley.

Jennings, who was also dismissed against Wigan 12 months ago, saw red in the 62nd minute for retaliating to a foul by visiting midfielder Gwion Edwards.

Crawley debutant Izale McLeod then headed the only goal of the Sky Bet League One game, rising unmarked to meet Conor Henderson's 81st-minute corner.

Speaking about the red card, Wilson said: "It's stupid, to sum it up in one word, stupid.

"He's got hold of him around the throat and the referee's no choice, absolutely no choice. It's barmy.

"Yes, he's been fouled - and it's a bad foul, I have to say - but if you lift your hands in this day and age that's the punishment you get and it's cost us the game.

"At that stage, I didn't think there was anything between the teams.

"I just thought going into the latter stages of the game, particularly being at home and getting a head of steam up, we had a chance of possibly winning the game.

"But, at the end, we end up in the position where we were trying to get something out of the game and that's only because of the sending off.

"Apart from the sending off, it was a typical first game of the season - there was not a great deal of quality at times.

"The disappointment is that we didn't come away with something from the first game, but we've got to move on from it."

Crawley manager John Gregory admitted to being surprised by the red card for Jennings, but was pleased his team pushed on to grab a winner in the first-ever meeting between the sides.

"Dale (Jennings) got a free-kick and obviously took exception to Gwion (Edwards) and I think he might have grabbed him by the throat," Gregory said. "I might be wrong.

"I just thought they'd both get a yellow card and a telling off and that was the end of it, but the referee produced the red, which obviously benefitted us.

"But it's never easy playing against 10 because suddenly you start taking liberties, you take your foot off the gas.

"People that should've been tracking back suddenly decide they don't need to because they've only got 10 players, but we kept good discipline.

"The players made sure they didn't abuse the privilege of having an extra player and, if we had used the ball a little bit better, we could have made it a little bit easier for ourselves in that last 15 minutes or so.

"All in all, we can take lots of good things from that. We got three points and it's always great to get your first win and get it out of the way."