Chorley boss Garry Flitcroft believes James Dean’s red card cost them a place in the next round of the FA Cup.
The Magpies could have been hosting Bradford City at Victory Park in the First Round of the FA Cup but the Conference North outfit were beaten 5-0 by Conference side FC Halifax in a replay on Tuesday night.
Former Shayman Dean was sent off in the 19th minute for an off-the-ball elbow.
At the time, the Magpies were 1-0 down and Flitcroft admitted he was gutted.
He said: “I’m gutted not to get through. James has let us down. He has let his mates down and he has let the staff down. It was an off-th-ball incident and you can’t react to it like that.
“If we’d have finished with 11 men I think we would have beaten them.
“For the first 30 minutes we dominated them and forced their keeper into two great saves. But when James Dean gets sent off it is a different story playing with 10 men.
“In the last 30 minutes we tried to go for it but Adam Roscoe came off with a head injury and we finished with nine men.”
Flitcroft’s men are aiming to bounce back at Gainsborough Trinity tomorrow.
Chorley are second in the league and Flitcroft is waiting for league leaders AFC Fylde to slip-up. He said: “Every game in this league is tough and we go into every match aiming to win.
“Fylde may be on a good run but they will have a bad run and it’s up to the teams around them – like us – to take advantage.”
Roscoe, Kyle Jacobs and Sam Ashton – who is out for six weeks after breaking a rib in training last Thursday – will miss the clash.
Flitcroft brought Australian born Danijel Nizic in from Premier League side Burnley to replace Ashton and he kept a clean sheet in Chorley’s 0-0 cup draw with Halifax last Saturday.
And Flitcroft isn’t ruling out another dip in the loan market. He said: “Nizic came highly recommended. He’s 19-years-old and the kid did really well. We are having no luck with injuries at the moment. We have some good links with some big clubs and we might have a look at the loan market.”