Powell fumes at dismissal

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Manager Chris Powell was furious at being banished from the dugout after seeing his Charlton side reduced to nine men during the 2-2 draw at Bristol Rovers.

And Powell accused Pirates player-manager Stuart Campbell of getting Jose Semedo dismissed by overreacting to a 60th-minute aerial challenge. Kyle Reid had already received a red card six minutes earlier for a late challenge on James Tunnicliffe - a second caution Powell had no argument with.

"Stuart is fighting for his team's life in this division but when you see a player-manager wink at the fans and clap his bench, having got an opponent sent off, something is wrong,'' said Powell. "The referee gave us nothing all game."

He added: "I was told by him to leave the dugout because I complained that Gavin Williams had handled the ball before shooting Rovers' equaliser.

"`It was a bizarre afternoon and I feel as though we lost the game. The players showed tremendous character with nine men but until the red cards we were in control.

"There was no complaint about Kyle's sending off but Jose seemed to do very little wrong and that decision was very harsh."

Campbell, who saw Wayne Brown and Williams score to earn his side a point, denied Powell's accusation. "I am disappointed Chris has said that about me because anyone will tell you I'm not that sort of character," he said.

"Just watch the video and you will see that I was clearly elbowed. I was only applauding to try and encourage our fans to get behind us in the last half hour of the game."

Campbell also revealed that the fightback had come at a price.

He added: "It's a point gained for us after being 2-0 down but we have come out of the game with a few injuries. Jeff Hughes has broken a wrist in three places, Tunnicliffe is at hospital having an X-ray on his ankle and Danny Coles has an Achilles tendon problem."

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