Ipswich boss Roy Keane admits he was stunned at the Football Association's decision to extend Jon Stead's ban to four games.
Town appealed Stead's red card picked up against Crystal Palace on Boxing Day, feeling the punishment was harsh.
But the FA rejected the appeal and to add insult to injury they handed the striker a further one-game suspension, meaning Stead will be forced to sit out Ipswich's next four matches.
Keane is angry and disappointed by the FA's decision as he now has to make do without the in-form forward for a number of weeks.
"If that tackle deserved four games, then I'm glad I'm not playing anymore," admitted Keane.
"It was only a yellow card, but that's what happens these days. Steady is as honest as the day is long, and I've seen the tackle over and over again.
"Now he's going to be out for the best part of a month. Just because we appealed, he's got an extra game.
"I'm obviously disappointed and angry, but it's best if I leave it at that."