`Provoked` Sousa unhappy

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Swansea boss Paulo Sousa bit his tongue after his side were knocked out of the Carling Cup 2-1 in extra-time by Scunthorpe in sensational fashion after finishing the match with only seven players on the field.

Garry Monk, Gorka Pintado and Angel Rangel were all dismissed by overworked referee James Linnington as the visitors won 2-1 in extra-time.

With second-half substitute Stephen Dobbie already off the field injured it left Swansea with just seven players and when Besian Idrizaj also went off the field with a few minutes remaining it looked as though the referee would be forced to abandon the match as Swansea only had six fit players on the field.

Idrizaj was persuaded to go back onto the field and the game finished a few minutes later to a chorus of boos from the unhappy home crowd.

Sousa would not speak about the referee's performance but said: "We have been provoked and we have reacted not in a good way but my way is to protect my players. We have our opportunity to write to the FA about the referee's performance but at this moment we do not know what offences the players have committed.

"I never wanted the match abandoned but Idrizaj should not have gone back on the field but as we were then down to only six players the referee put pressure on us to get him back on."

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Scunthorpe United
League Cup
Gorka Pintado
Besian Idrizaj
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