Dean Ashton has claimed that Nottingham Forest attacker Joe Lolley went down easily to get Lee Wallace sent off as the Reds thrashed QPR 4-0 at Loftus Road.
The former West Ham United and Norwich City forward was a pundit on EFL highlights show EFL on Quest.
Lolley was bundled to the floor by Wallace five minutes after the break, leading to referee Stephen Martin brandishing a red card to the home side’s defender.
Ashton was quizzed about the incident on the show and he wasn’t impressed with the decision.
When Ashton was asked if he thought the decision was harsh, he told EFL on Quest: “I did, to be honest. As an ex-centre forward I would expect to get the decision and his arms are in the wrong place in terms of over his shoulder. There’s not actually that much in it, they’re both sort of grappling and Lolley goes down very easily.
“Big decision at 1-0 and from then on Forest looked very dominant with four different scorers and another clean sheet.
When quizzed on some Forest supporters suggesting it was the best performance of the season, Ashton also showed an element of surprise.
He continued: “I’m not surprised they think that but you can’t have that when the opposition has gone down to ten men. Surely?”
This once again smacks of a pundit who for some reason can’t take Forest doing anything remotely good.
It was Wallace’s choice to quite clearly foul Lolley and in law, the referee has got the red card absolutely spot on.
Lolley’s first touch had he not been fouled would have undoubtedly been a shot on goal and Wallace has paid the price for a foul.
It’s perhaps interesting that Ashton said he thought it was harsh but then said as a central forward himself he would have wanted the foul!
It can’t work both ways and the ex-striker must know deep down that the decision involving Lolley wasn’t really ‘harsh’ at all.
In terms of Ashton quashing the thought process that Forest supporters can’t say it was the best performance of the season as it came against 10-men, that is absolutely rubbish.
Forest fans have been used to disappointment in previous seasons and it was actually nice to see the Reds put a game to bed and not be clinging on at the end.
The Reds have probably played better this season but to score four goals and run out victorious is pleasing nonetheless.