Derby County lost 1-0 at Rotherham United on Saturday.
Derby County supporters have taken to Twitter to criticise winger Tom Lawrence after his unnecessary red card resulted in a swing in momentum, and led to Championship opponents Rotherham United taking all three points.
After a goalless first-half, the Rams upped the ante after the break and looked to be on top when Lawrence was shown a straight red card for a reckless lunging challenge from behind just before the hour mark.
Rotherham then went on to score the only goal of the game via a penalty a couple of minutes later, and despite Derby valiantly pressing for an equaliser with 10 men, they ultimately came up short.
Taking to Twitter, Derby fans felt Lawrence cost their side the opportunity at taking all three points:
To overcome hard-working, physical, direct teams (& poor referees) you need discipline, leadership, character & bravery. Not for the first-time in recent years #dcfc fall short. Lawrence needs to take a close look at himself tonight. Brainless. As for the seat throwing idiots.— Ian Redfern (@redfern_ian) September 15, 2018
Lawrence needs his head looking at but that was crap from derby we were slow and didn’t look like we wanted to be there #dcfc— joe hill (@JoedcfcHill) September 15, 2018
I need to see it, but it wouldn't be the first time Lawrence has shown his petulant side. A three-match ban might give him some time to reflect on his attitude and conduct (and more to the point, will give other #dcfc players the chance to take his place in the team).— Derby County Blog (@derbycountyblog) September 15, 2018
Lawrence needs a kick in the arse for that tackle, you can’t do that. He had no chance of winning the ball and not necessary in that area of the pitch. Very questionable penalty. Plus points the energy and effort from the subs. We need that from 1 to 11 for a full 90 mins! #dcfc— SimonW (@SimonW_69) September 15, 2018
Would like to know what on earth was going through Lawrence’s head with that challenge #dcfc— James Aspinall (@Aspi1998) September 15, 2018
Horrific decision from Lawrence has cost us points today simple as that! #dcfc— Stefan Brooe (@StefanBroome) September 15, 2018
Hope Lawrence is docked a weeks wage for that. Awful and unnecessary challenge. #dcfc— Samuel (@DCFCMiguel13) September 15, 2018
Sorry to say but Lawrence’s stupidity has absolutely cost us that game. Ref however totally lost it after the red— Jack (@JackWheeldon95) September 15, 2018
Wales international Lawrence came back into the starting XI after missing out on a starting spot in the recent 2-1 win over Hull City, and at times it felt he was trying too hard to make an impression.
Derby manager Frank Lampard was also sent to the stands after showing his frustration at the officials, as the visitors struggled to contain their frustration in the second period.
The Rams would have expected to pick up all three points against Rotherham - despite the Millers’ excellent home record over the past nine months - yet defeat will have dented confidence heading in to the next two home games.