Chris Hughton was left to rue two key moments in last night’s Group H, Europa League tie that saw SC Braga run out 1-0 winners and book themselves a place in the last 32 of the competition.
Nikola Zigic’s missed penalty in the 11th minute was not the main grievance for the Blues boss but the refusal by the referee to show Braga centre-half Ewerton the red card.
The Brazilian had been shown a yellow for the foul on Wade Elliott that resulted in the spot kick, three minutes later he brought down Chris Burke, but referee Markus Strombergsson decided against issuing a second booking.
“My first impression was that it should have been a yellow card.” Hughton said.
“I have to say I didn’t realise it was the same player until one of my coaching staff made me aware of that.
“But it was a definite yellow card and that being the case he shouldn’t have been on the pitch.
“It would have made it more comfortable for us against a very good Braga team with 10 men.
“And I’m quite sure we would have had enough then to have certainly got a point, if not to go on and have won the game.”
The game was settled in the 56th minute when Hugo Viana’s heavily deflected shot found its way into Birmingham’s net.
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