Blackpool manager Neil Critchley was left furious by Leeds United youngster Joe Gelhardt despite their 3-0 win in the EFL Trophy last night.
The Seasiders recorded their first win of the competition last night, moving up to second in Group G after defeating Leeds United’s Under-21s by three goals to nil at Bloomfield Road.
Daniel Kemp opened the scoring on nine minutes, before Cody Drameh scored an own-goal in the 20th minute. Ethan Robson added a third on 82 minutes, shortly after the game’s biggest flashpoint.
Blackpool were reduced to 10-men when Cameron Antwi went in high on Crysencio Summerville, being shown a straight red-card by the referee.
This came seconds after Joe Gelhardt lunged on a Blackpool player with a two-footed challenge – one that Critchley called a “shocking” challenge.
Speaking to the Blackpool Gazette, he said: “I was really disappointed with that, I’ve got to be honest. I really thought the referee let him down.
“I thought the tackle before that was a shocking tackle. It was over the top of the ball and it should never have got to that point.”
Gelhardt is yet to feature for Leeds’ first-team since joining from Wigan Athletic in the summer, but he will be keen to make an impact in these type of matches as he looks to earn a place in Marcelo Bielsa’s side.
You can understand Critchley’s frustrations – it was a poor tackle and not much different to Antwi’s challenge on Summerville at all.
Blackpool going down to 10-men should have really given Leeds an advantage, but Robson’s goal wiped out their chances of earning a point.
Gelhardt was probably quite frustrated, and he can count himself very lucky indeed.