DISAPPOINTED Danny Cadamarteri reflected on the sending off which cost Town a possible victory over Nottingham Forest and admitted: “I let my teammates down.”
The 27-year-old walked 67 minutes into last night’s 1-1 Galpharm draw after he celebrated scoring the game’s opening goal too exuberantly for the liking of referee Nigel Miller.
After netting at the Panasonic Stand end, Cadamarteri stepped into the lower tier of the Riverside to be mobbed by fans.
Already cautioned for a seventh-minute foul, the striker was shown a second yellow, then a red card, and will be suspended for Saturday’s League I trip to Walsall.
Town boss Andy Ritchie, who watched Forest claim a 76th-minute leveller through Kris Commons, refused to condemn Cadamarteri.
He blasted: “I was disappointed with Danny’s sending off. It’s a crazy law and our fans’ reaction said it all.”
But Durham whistler Miller retorted: “The rules are clear. If a player celebrates over zealously or in a manner which is likely to incite the crowd, it’s a caution.
“In my opinion, there was an element of both in this case.”
Miller, who also booked Commons after he and several teammates ran into Forest’s dug-out after the equaliser, added: “There’s no excuse for not knowing the rules, because I told both clubs before the game that I would be obliged to issue yellow cards in such instances.”
Cadamarteri, who had also scored on his full debut in Saturday’s 2-0 home win over Luton, said: “I’m disappointed with myself and for my teammates, because I’ve let them down.
“It’s a double blow, because we’ve missed out on getting three points and now I’m ruled out at Walsall on Saturday.
“I celebrated in a similar way against Luton and didn’t get booked, but I was informed after last night’s red card that you’re not supposed to leave the field of play after scoring.
“I turned something great into something bad by letting the moment get to me, and I have to learn my lesson.”
Of his first yellow card, Cadamarteri said: “I’ve no complaints. I need to get to the ball quicker if I’m going to compete for it.”
Last night’s stalemate, seen by a season’s-highest crowd of 10,994 (1,915 from Nottingham) left Town 11th in League I and Forest eighth.