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Gillingham boss Peter Taylor will review referee Darren Deadman's decision to send Gavin Hoyte off against Stevenage

Gavin Hoyte played an hour at Stevenage before he was sent off Picture: Barry Goodwin
Gavin Hoyte played an hour at Stevenage before he was sent off Picture: Barry Goodwin

Gillingham got a result at Stevenage on Tuesday but boss Peter Taylor was left questioning a couple of key refereeing decisions.

Referee Darren Deadman allowed home keeper Chris Day to stay on the field after fouling Gills striker Cody McDonald when clean through on goal.

The Gills scored from the subsequent spot-kick but could have been facing a team with just 10 men.

And it was Taylor’s side who were forced to play with a man less, after Gavin Hoyte received a red card just after the hour mark for a challenge on Roarie Deacon.

That will cost Hoyte a three-match ban, starting immediately, and Taylor plans to review Deadman’s decision.

Taylor said: “The referee tells me he doesn’t think Cody could have got to the ball. I am startled at that one as well.

“For me, we have had a red card for something that happened 40 yards away from goal, which to me was a bit of a surprise and we get a penalty where the last man brings my player down and it’s a yellow card, I can’t work that one out.”

Stevenage 0 Gillingham 1 - read the match report here.

The Gills could appeal the Hoyte red card and if successful he would be okay to play against Coventry City on Friday night.

“I didn’t agree with it,” said Taylor, before reviewing incident.

“I am going to look at it but I can’t for the life of me see how it was a red card.

“We will look at it and I am sure we can (appeal). That’s the rules, it’s a red card and if we think it is a wrong decision then we can appeal.”

Taylor’s 10 men had to defend in numbers at time but overall the Gills manager was pleased with the performance.

He said: “It was a tough match and I thought they were some good things that we did, especially in the first half and I think we deserve it.

“We played some good stuff in the first half. When we went forward at the right times we looked a threat but the work-rate that the players put in was fantastic.

“We go down to 10 men, we’ve got a couple struggling that could have gone on off at half-time, with little strains but they hung in there and did really well.”

Joe Martin went off at the break with a back injury but Cody McDonald’s exit was pre-planned, as the striker gradually comes back from injury.

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