Hart feels for Johnson

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Portsmouth manager Paul Hart felt Glen Johnson was harshly treated after his sending off in this afternoon's goalless draw at Hull.

The England defender's miserable afternoon at the KC Stadium was capped in the 80th minute when he was shown a second yellow card after a collision with Dean Marney. Johnson seemed to be the innocent party but the player had been fortunate not to have been booked twice after a number of indiscretions in the first half.

"Looking at the tackle - was it a booking? I don't think it was," said Hart. "In real time I couldn't really see but having seen what I have seen later I think it is difficult to understand."

Johnson escaped an early booking after reacting angrily to a foul by Craig Fagan.

Referee Chris Foy eventually took his name after he kicked out at Kamil Zayatte but then only warned him after a crude challenge on Geovanni.

Hart added: "He had been taking a bit of a wallop, I thought. "Sometimes it is difficult. We know players shouldn't react and we would rather it didn't happen but when you get a couple of belts across the legs it is sometimes difficult."

Both sides remain in relegation trouble at the bottom of the Barclays Premier League but at least moved a point further away from the drop zone despite falling places.

Portsmouth are now 16th, four points above 18th-placed Newcastle with Hull a point better off.

Hart said: "I think we have got to be happy with a point overall. A lot of our players have had a difficult week playing around the world or two games for England.

"Sometimes that takes its toll because we are not in a position where we can rotate the whole team. We have to ask the players to play under all circumstances and they do so willingly."

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Kamil Zayatte
Glen Johnson
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Dean Marney
Hull City

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