ROVERS boss Tony Mowbray says he will study the footage before deciding whether to appeal the decision to send off Elliott Bennett in the FA Cup draw with Crewe Alexandra.

Bennett faces a four game ban after being shown his second red card of the season having been adjudged to have kicked out at Perry Ng at the start of the second half of the 3-3 draw.

Referee David Webb sent Bennett off on the advice of his assistant. He became the second Rovers man to see red after Rekeem Harper was sent off in the first half as the League Two side battled back from 3-0 down to force a replay.

“I would need to see better clips of it,” Mowbray told the Lancashire Telegraph of Bennett’s dismissal.

“If the official has given the decision because the referee has turned away then he obviously recommended a red card so we will see.

“But what I would say is both of their backs would have been facing the play so I’m not sure how good a view they had.

“We will look at it and then decide if it’s worth an appeal or not.

“You can’t see much other than a tangle of legs and they are both trying to get up at the same time.

“It seems they were both on the floor fighting for the ball, they get their legs tangled and as they are getting up their lad goes over.

“Knowing Elliott Bennett’s personality I would be surprised if he deliberately kicked out at the lad.”

Harper was sent off just after the half hour for pulling back Chris Porter as the West Brom loanee tried to atone for his error which had gifted the striker possession.

The situation was compounded by Porter picking himself up and scoring the penalty which reduced the deficit to 3-1.

On how Harper had reacted to the first red card of his senior career, Mowbray said: “He hasn’t said a word, he was sat in the corner with his head down as Elliott was. It has to be a learning curve for him.

“It’s frustrating for me because I think I will have to go and read the rules because I’m not sure on double jeopardy on giving a penalty and sending someone off. I’m really baffled by that one.

“I was disappointed of course by us trying to play around our own box but I’m not sure about the sending off.

“I would have to say that our supporters haven’t seen the best of Rekeem, he’s a fabulous athlete and technician but he has a very young man’s brain and doesn’t always put it all together.

“He has got wonderful attributes and at his best is a wonderful talent.

“He will be disappointed as we all are but 11 v 11 it would have been a reasonably comfortable afternoon for us.”

On the performance of the referee, Mowbray said: “You have to be so careful. I don’t earn enough money to pay the fines.

“I just hope they go home and watch it and see the decisions and whether they feel they got it right or they are disappointed that they maybe got it wrong, as long as they try and learn then that will benefit everyone.”