Derby County coach John Metgod backs referee over Dexter Blackstock's red card

John Metgod: Admits referee had a tough decision to make in the highly-charged East Midlands derby

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Derby County coach John Metgod has backed the decision to send off Nottingham Forest's Dexter Blackstock in his side's win at the City Ground.

Referee Robert Madley dismissed Blackstock after adjudging the Forest player had deliberately elbowed Derby's Richard Keogh, just a few seconds into the second half.

County went on to claim all three points from a feisty encounter when Craig Bryson pounced nine minutes after the end of Blackstock's contribution to the game.

"I'm in the lucky position to go home and in about two-to-three hours' time, I'll have another look at it and make up my mind, which for the referee, obviously he can't," said Metgod.

"The only thing I would say is I can't see a referee taking a decision like that if he's not absolutely convinced.

"If there was any doubt whatsoever, I can't see him sending him off."