WE were definitely holding our own when it was 11 v 11 and we were not really under the cosh after Marcus Palmer was sent off on the half-hour mark.

I believe he and the centre half have a bit of history and while Marcus got a bloodied lip from an elbow, I have no sympathy for him because if you retaliate you will be sent off.

The ref said he did not see the incident so I do take issue with the lino who originally said that Marcus was elbowed in the face – in which case both should have been sent off – but he later changed his story to ‘elbowed in the chest’.

Marcus will now miss three games, starting with the FA Cup game at home to Didcot, but Browny will be back for that after serving his one-game ban the previous weekend against Salisbury for his red card.

Down to ten men and then to concede a goal in first-half stoppage time did not help, but we got back into the game straight after the interval.

We had a disallowed goal, they missed a golden opportunity and then we could have nicked it late on through Nathan Davies.

Nathan’s fitness is getting better all the time, but how he is going to cope with two games in three days this weekend we will have to see.

He is a nice lad and brings massive attributes to us.

Ben Gascoyne did well for a hour on his first game back but we had to sacrifice him when we changed our shape.

Cheltenham Town’s Josh Emery came on and did alright. He clearly has a good engine and will soon get used to the pace of this division.