BY MARK RITSON
Kevin MacDonald refused to comment on whether referee Tony Harrington should have sent off Millwall forward Tom Elliot at The Den.
The Aston Villa caretaker manager saw his side go down 2-1 in South London, having taken an early lead through Tammy Abraham.
Elliot went in hard on left-back Neil Taylor, who went down in a heap, and was brandished a yellow card.
However, in the second period, Villa substitute – and former Crystal Palace ace Yannick Bolasie – also crashed into Millwall’s Jed Wallace.
He, too, was given a booking, despite home protests for a potential red card.
On Elliot’s challenge, MacDonald said: “I don’t want to comment on that – I don’t particularly like referees at the best of times!
“It would be making an excuse if we say ‘if he’d have been sent off, we’d have won the game.
“You just don’t know, and the boy didn’t get sent off. The same could have been said for Yannick Bolasie’s challenge.
“He actually slipped because he was right in front of me and I saw it. But they were ranting and raving to get him sent off. I’d rather not comment on it.”