Sheffield United manager Micky Adams was far from happy with the referee's decisions to send off Darius Henderson and Lee Williamson during the 3-0 defeat at Watford.
Danny Graham put the Hornets 1-0 up in the 10th minute before Darius Henderson and Lee Williamson were dismissed in the 28th and 34th minutes respectively. Martin Taylor and Ross Jenkins then netted second-half goals to secure a comfortable win over the relegation battling Blades.
"I've obviously got to be very careful about what I say," said Adams. "But I've reviewed the footage of the incidents and I think there's a case for both players to feel a little bit harshly treated."
He added: "I think the referee left himself with nowhere to go (for the sending off of Henderson) after the first booking. I don't think it was a yellow-card offence. I think Darius' reputation, particularly here, has gone before him.
"And then the second one, I will defend Darius here and I'm upset that one of their players (Lee Hodson) has been stretchered off - I hope he's OK, I hope he's well and not seriously injured - but quite clearly Darius is watching the ball and as far as he's concerned, after the header, he thinks it's a goalscoring opportunity and I think he's right."
Speaking of Williamson's sending off, Adams said: "If they're going to send players off for that it's ridiculous. It's a booking. Straight red? Violent conduct? I'm not sure about that."
Watford manager Malky Mackay declared himself pleased with the result, although he was less pleased with the rough treatment his players suffered.
He said: "To go out in the second half and play against nine men is, funnily enough, not an easy thing to do.
"It can be very frustrating and the fact they packed the central area and we had to keep switching it wide for 45 minutes, do it disciplined and keep being regimented and just keep probing I think eventually led to the two goals. It shows a real understanding and a real learning for the youngsters that are playing here at the moment."
On Henderson's red card he added: "We've got a boy lying in hospital with a suspected broken ankle right now and I think his second booking was a straight red for me."
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