10-man Salford City were eliminated from the Emirates FA Cup after a 3-0 defeat at Newport County.
Vaclav Hladky’s penalty save ensured the score was level at the break before Brandon Thomas-Asante’s early second half dismissal.
Jamie Proctor headed the hosts in front before Padraig Amond doubled the lead from the spot, and Saikou Janneh completed the scoring in injury time.
Manager Richie Wellens made nine changes to the side that won against Morecambe in the week with a number of senior players not involved, but he says there were still some positive things to take from the defeat.
“We got some really good passages of play together in the first half, just turned down the opportunity to play forward.
“There was probably thee or four players that needed a game then there was the three or four young lads who started the game because they done so well at Rochdale.
“We picked a team to still try and get through, I also picked a team knowing that after this result I’ll know a lot more about the younger players in a different environment than Rochdale where it was nice, pass pass and everything was in front of them.”
The dynamic of the game changed after the red card, shown for a dangerous challenge as Thomas-Asante chased a ball through which Tom King just got to first, with the young striker’s boot deemed to be raised high as he made contact with the keeper.
It was one of a few decisions which appeared to go against The Ammies throughout the afternoon, including the early penalty awarded for handball against Kevin Berkoe.
“I don’t think it was a handball, Berkoe’s a yard away and it’s hit his hand, he’s not moved his hand towards it which would have been a penalty.
“I think the sending off was wrong because Brandon’s an honest lad and both feet are raised, they’re not high, same height as the ball in an honest challenge where the keeper got there first and Brandon missed it a little bit. I thought it was harsh.”
Salford travel up north next to Carlisle United in Sky Bet League Two, an important game in the play-off picture.