Nottingham Forest manager Dougie Freedman offered no excuses for Henri Lansbury after his sending off against Burnley.
The midfielder was sent off in the 1-1 draw at the City Ground, shortly after Forest had gone 1-0 up through Eric Lichaj.
Burnley pegged Forest back with a 90th minute equaliser to make it five games without recording a win for the home side, but Freedman resisted the urge to hammer his midfielder for his dismissal.
Speaking to The BBC after the game, Freedman said he could not excuse Lansbury, but would not blame him for it either, putting it down to just being part of the former Arsenal youngster's game.
Even so, he admitted that he felt the incident cost Forest the win.
He said: "There was no doubt it was a sending-off. Henri plays on the edge, he gives 100 per cent every game but sometimes you're going to overspill and that is what he has done.
"He has been fantastic for us and there is no blame on him at all.
"If it wasn't for the sending-off I am pretty sure we would have been comfortable winners."
The tough news for Forest to take is the subsequent suspension coming Lansbury's way, starting with the home fixture against Ipswich Town this weekend.
His absence could provide a chance for loan signing Jonny Williams to show what he can do in midfield, having been an unused substitute last night against Burnley.
Burnley's goal came with only their second shot on target of the game, keeping them in fifth place in the table while Forest slip to 15th.