Controversial booking proves costly as Clarets crash out
Brian Stock insisted he was an innocent party after his controversial sending off contributed to the Clarets’ FA Cup exit.
Stock was booked twice in the space of 12 first-half minutes to see red for the first time in eight years.
But the midfielder looked to have been a victim of a case of mistaken identity when referee Paul Tierney plucked him out of Burnley’s defensive wall to hand him his first costly caution.
“The sending off had a big impact on the game. For the first yellow card I think the referee has booked me by mistake,” revealed Stock.
“Fair play to players like Marlon Harewood, who was trying to tell the referee he was booking the wrong person.
“The referee didn’t give me a reason. He just said he had seen it. He never actually said I had done anything, which was a bit confusing.
“I got pushed in the back and hit on the back of the head as well and to my surprise I got booked for doing that.
“Maybe I should have done better in not getting booked for the second one. It’s not often I get sent off and I have never been sent off for two yellow cards so cheaply.
“I can’t really complain about the second yellow but they are two really soft yellow cards and I am gutted to have been sent off and to be out of the Cup as well.”
Stock’s second booking followed a tug on Barnsley midfielder Jim O’Brien and after his dismissal the Clarets were forced into defensive mode.
And with ten men it looked as though they would force a third-round replay at Turf Moor until the Championship’s bottom club struck a late winner through teenager Danny Rose following a mistake by goalkeeper Brian Jensen.
“The lads did tremendous, especially in the second half, to hold out and it looked like neither side would score and it would go to a replay,” added Stock, who will now serve a one-match ban.
“It was a soft goal to concede on our part. But those goals sometimes happen and unfortunately we are out of the Cup.”