Stowmarket Town manager Rick Andrews wants Remell Davis to learn from the red card he received at the end of their 4-1 FA Vase defeat to Hertford Town on Saturday.
The Stow striker was given his marching orders in added time after receiving a second yellow card for an off-the-ball incident, leaving the Old Gold and Blacks to see out the remainder of the second qualifying round tie with 10 men.
Stowmarket were looking to reach the first round of the national competition for the first time since 2003, but three goals in five second-half minutes from higher league Hertford put paid to their hopes of a run in the Vase.
Jordon Watson gave the visitors an 18th minute lead, which was cancelled out by Matt Dixon just three minutes into the second-half.
However Tyler Hatherly’s 51st minute free-kick regained Hertford’s lead, before Leigh and Louis Rose both found the target shortly after to put the Spartan South Midlands League Premier Division outfit out of sight.
Andrews came into criticism after the defeat following the decision to take off Wayne Proctor on 69 minutes, rather than Davis who was on a booking and had also been given two warnings by the referee.
“I could have taken him off instead of Proctor,” admitted the Stow boss. “I’m not blind, I could see what was going on.
“But sometimes you have to let the players get on with it and either sink or swim.
“Remell’s young, he’s only 20, and he’s got to learn from it. Otherwise he won’t play at the level he wants to.
“I think we gave a decent account of ourselves, although not for the first time this season we switched off, and the three quick goals knocked the stuffing out of us.”
On Tuesday night Stow let a two-goal lead slip to share the points with local rivals Debenham LC, after Dixon’s two first-half goals were cancelled out by a Ben Green brace just before half-time.
Stowmarket welcome back stand-in captain Dean Pleasance to the squad ahead of hosting Haverhill Borough in the Thurlow Nunn League First Division tomorrow (7.45pm), with a trip to local rivals Diss Town in the League Challenge Cup set for Tuesday (7.45pm).
n Joe Allen netted a hat-trick on his first team debut as Mildenhall Town thrashed St Neots Town Saints 7-0 in the FA Vase second qualifying round on Saturday.
Goals from Tanner Call and Andrew Wood could not prevent Walsham-le-Willows from an early exit in the Vase, as they lost 3-2 at Premier Division rivals Gorleston.
Elsewhere, Thetford Town were beaten 3-0 at home by Kirkley and Pakefield in the Premier Division, while in the First Division Jody Scowcroft was on target for Team Bury in their 3-1 reverse to King’s Lynn Town Reserves.
This weekend sees Mildenhall host Ipswich Wanderers, Walsham welcome Brantham Athletic and Thetford travel to Long Melford (all Saturday, 3pm), with Mildenhall, Thetford and Bury all in League Cup action next week.