McCarthy frustrated over dismissal

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Wolves boss Mick McCarthy was a frustrated man after his side had suffered a 2-0 defeat at Liverpool following a refereeing mix-up over the red card for defender Stephen Ward.

West Midlands official Andre Marriner initially booked the wrong player, Christophe Berra. But he finally realised it was Ward who should have received a second yellow card, and then a red, for a foul on Lucas Leiva just minutes after he had been cautioned for pulling Yossi Benayoun's shirt.

"It was very frustrating, disappointing. We had played well for an hour and looked comfortable enough," said McCarthy. "I was not convinced by the sending off and how much contact there was with Stephen Ward and Lucas. I cannot see it."

The incident sparked an exchange on the touchline between McCarthy and Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez.

McCarthy sarcastically applauded his opposite number as the officials finally arrived at the right decision to dismiss Ward.

That gave Liverpool the break they needed for Steven Gerrard and Benayoun to grab the goals to secure a vital win for the nervy Reds, but afterwards McCarthy questioned the role of fourth official Phil Dowd in the rumpus and suggested he had told Marriner about his error.

McCarthy added: "The referee did get the right player, but he had some flipping help, didn't he?

"I just wonder if he had any assistance. I did not think that Phil Dowd (the fourth official) knew who it was either, but people were in his ear about it.

"I don't know if Phil Dowd told the referee who it was. I wonder that if you can get assistance from the fourth official, maybe Ireland would still be in the World Cup.

"Without that (decision), we would have got something from the game. We had enough chances. But we gave a good account of ourselves and they needed a break. And they got it and took advantage of it."

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