Phil Parkinson bemoans red card

Managers Phil Parkinson and Michael Laudrup on the touchline during the Capital One Cup final between Bradford and Swansea on February 24, 2013
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Phil Parkinson thinks that the referee could have "used common sense" and given Matt Duke a yellow card, rather than send him off in the League Cup final.

Bradford City manager Phil Parkinson has criticised referee Kevin Friend, insisting that he could have given goalkeeper Matt Duke a yellow card in the League Cup final.

Duke was sent off against Swansea City after bringing down Jonathan de Guzman in the six-yard box, but Parkinson feels that "common sense" could have been used by Friend.

Bradford were 3-0 down at the time and Parkinson said that a yellow card would have offered sufficient punishment.

"Conceding goals when we did, did not help and we had our keeper sent off. I felt the referee could have given a yellow card," Parkinson told BBC Radio 5 Live.

"At 3-0 down I felt he could have used his common sense, but then they scored the fourth and that was it.

"Everyone watching the game would have felt that was harsh, there was no need to send him off. Were we going to come back and win 5-4? No."

Parkinson went on to admit that although he was disappointed, his side were outclassed by Swansea.

Swansea's Michu celebrates his goal against Bradford with Ben Davies on February 24, 2013
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