Alan Pardew reckons Dwight Gayles dismissal against West Ham on Satruday ruined the game as a contest.
Gayle was sent off just bfore half time for two yellow cards; both for late lunges at Hammers players.
The second seemed harsh, bearing in mind it was Gayle's second tackle all afternoon, and West Ham midfielder Cheikhou Kouyaté made a meal of it.
Regardless Gayle was dismissed by referee Mark Clattenburg and Pardew was not happy.
“The first challenge from Dwight was bad and was a yellow card,” said Pardew after the gme.
“But the second, he’s missed the ball by about a centimetre. Perhaps he shouldn’t have made the challenge, and he will have to learn from that, but I still think the referee was hasty.
“I said to the referee at half-time ‘did it really warrant that’? Perhaps if he’d taken a couple of seconds after the tackle he might have given him a final warning. I thought the game deserved that.
“It kind of knocked the occasion – although not for West Ham, because it played into their hands.”
Palace defender Scott Dann believed Gayle put himself in a dangerous position with the challenges but was perhaps unlucky to go.
He said to the South London Press: “Dwight will learn. When you look at it again you think he does not need to make that challenge, but these things happen. He wants to do well.
“He has got a run in the team after not playing much this season and he wants to impress - a bit too much enthusiasm I would probably say. It looked one that he could have got away with, but when you are on a yellow card you always run the risk.
“For the first 30 minutes when we had 11 men, we were probably not in control of the game and they were the better team.”