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Dunne apologises after sending off
CHARLES Dunne apologised to fans and team mates for getting sent off against Burton, but Blues boss Gareth Ainsworth refused to use it as an excuse for defeat.
The defender was making his first start since serving a three match ban for a previous dismissal against Oxford United, with an injury to Leon Johnson forcing a defensive reshuffle.
But having already been booked for a first half challenge on Phil Edwards, Dunne clobbered the same player two minutes into the second half to give himself first use of the showers.
Ainsworth admitted the red card was a key moment in the match but wasn't the reason why Wanderers were beaten 2-1.
Asked if it was a turning point, Ainsworth said: "I will say yes, but it's not a get out from me. First half wasn't good enough. I believe we could have gone on and come back into the game second half with eleven men no problem because I had strong words at half time.
"We let a soft goal in and it's harder 1-0 down at home at half time. They are going to sit in and defend their lead. Burton, in their defence, played very well, and kept the ball away from us.
"Charles was very rash and very silly. It's a young pro's tackle. The last thing I said to him was be careful. I've been in that situation, I've been sent off before.
"It was a rash challenge to do on a yellow card and he'll be feeling bad tonight. It's not all down to him but it didn't help, with ten men and the penalty and a few decisions I did disagree with.
"Charles has apologised to the boys. He's a man, he'll take in on the chin. It's part of his learning and it's unfortunate he's getting lessons in the first team on the pitch.
"It takes a big man to stand up and say it's my fault and I'm sorry, and he's done that. I don't want anyone giving Charles Dunne any stick, he's going to feel bad enough."
Dunne tweeted after the game: "Just want to apologise to the fans for getting sent off. It was unfair on my team mates. WWFC means a lot to me so any fans doubting that are wrong."
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