Joel Lynch says there’s no way teammate Murray Wallace should have been sent off – because if Igor Vetokele hadn’t been fouled, he would have been in position to make a challenge on the Charlton Athletic man.

Wallace walked in first-half stoppage time, but fellow centre-back Lynch insists the card should have been yellow not red.

 

“I’m gutted for Murray, because he’s been great lately,” said Lynch, who is confident of overcoming an ankle knock to face former club Nottingham Forest in the second round of the Capital One Cup at the John Smith’s tomorrow.

“He certainly wasn’t the last man, because in another few steps, I would have been alongside the attacker and able to tackle him.

“I was sure the card was going to be yellow, so to see the red come out was a big blow.”

Welsh international Lynch had two further centre-back partners as Town reshuffled.

Lee Peltier dropped back from midfield before being forced off by a recurrence of his groin injury.

Then Conor Coady, Town’s £375,000 signing from Liverpool, took up the key back-four berth.

“We managed to sort ourselves out each time, which was good,” added Lynch.

“It’s good to have versatile players like we have.”

Lynch said he and his teammates were “gutted” to give away a stoppage-time equaliser.

“After Murray was sent off, if we’d have been offered a point, we’d have taken it,” he said.

“But to play the way we did in the second half and to be in the winning position we were, it’s very disappointing to have conceded.

“But it was a huge effort from the lads and a great atmosphere in the ground.

“Compared to the last home match, it was miles better, and we’ll take the point and push on.”

Town midfielder Philip Billing has been called up by Denmark Under 19s for the friendlies against Norway on September 4 and Sweden two days later. Both games take place in Lyngdal in Norway.