Keith Andrews has accused Reading players of getting his skipper sent off.
But he still reckons Albion could have nicked a late winner against their play-off rivals.
Gordon Greer was shown a second yellow card after his foul on Adam Le Fondre on 51 minutes with the Seagulls a goal up.
Andrews reckoned the opposition influenced referee Fred Graham’s decision to get his cards out.
The vastly experienced Irish international said: “I was a little bit away from the sending-off but, from my point of view, the referee wasn’t going to give it until their players got into him.
“That’s what I was disappointed about.
“I don’t really know if it was or it wasn’t (a yellow card) but that’s my take on it.
I don’t think the referee was giving it until four or five players surrounded him then he reacted to that rather than the initial challenge.”
Andrews praised Albion’s defending with ten men and added: “We still had chances to win it.
“We’ve got a good competitive squad that has a lot of character in it. I think we showed that certainly in the second half.”
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