Southend boss Paul Sturrock has decided not to appeal against left-back Peter Gilbert's red card against Stevenage.
The 27-year-old was dismissed in stoppage time at the end of the 1-1 draw on Tuesday night for a late lunge on Jon Ashton and will now serve a three-match ban.
Sturrock told the club's official website: "We're not going to appeal. We've watched the DVD of the incident and whilst Peter wins the ball it looks a worse tackle on tape than it perhaps was on the night.
"The club has spoken with the FA and their people have advised on the evidence of the DVD that the success of any appeal is very slim. The last thing we want to do is appeal and then get an extra game added as it is believed to be frivolous.
"It is unfortunate that we will be without Gilbert for three games now but we will have to work around that."