McCarthy: Elokobi red card harsh

BY foxsports • January 9, 2011

Elokobi was sent off by referee Anthony Taylor following an aerial challenge on James Coppinger and McCarthy accused a number of Rovers players of trying to get his player red-carded. McCarthy said: "I think it's harsh. George has not led with his elbows or his knees - he's gone to head the ball and his momentum has taken him into him. "I think the decision was influenced by some of their players and the crowd's reaction. One [player] was giving out to George while he was on the floor and I don't like that. "We deserved our equaliser in the second half and with 11 men in the team we were in the ascendency and likely to win. "It might not have proved that way, but there looked like one winner." McCarthy said the rest of the game was played in a "great spirit", adding: "We could have done without a replay but even more so we could have done without a defeat. "It must have been a good game to watch and it was a proper FA Cup tie. We took the lead with a fabulous goal and they equalised with a fabulous strike. I'm sure both of us will say we might have won." Stephen Hunt's second-half spot-kick salvaged a replay for 10-man Wolves after a pulsating tie at the Keepmoat Stadium. Hunt's penalty cancelled out Rovers' half-time lead with Billy Sharp and James Hayter scoring twice in as many minutes to overturn Nenad Milijas' stunning long-range opener. Doncaster boss Sean O'Driscoll hailed Hayter for the 43rd-minute strike which briefly put Rovers in front but admitted being disappointed by the prospect of a replay. Hayter swung a superb right-footed volley past Marcus Hahnemann from John Oster's header down, and O'Driscoll said: "For James to get as much power on his shot was excellent. "James is always going to get chances. I've watched those centre-backs curtail Fernando Torres and Didier Drogba in recent weeks and his goal was first class. "But a replay is just a matter of more games for us. The more games we play the more chance we have of picking up injuries, and we have an extremely small squad." O'Driscoll said he had no complaints over the award of a penalty after Sam Hird tripped Matt Jarvis in the box, but also admitted he thought the sending-off of Elokobi was harsh. "At the time I thought the referee had given the penalty a little bit quickly but I've since seen it on DVD and I have to admit it was a definite penalty. "I think if the sending-off was for violent conduct it's very harsh. If he sent him off for a reckless challenge I'm not sure whether it was just a yellow. It's a difficult one."

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