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Dunne despair

7 October 2013

Defender downbeat after Saturday's dismissal

Lions right-back Alan Dunne says he is still frustrated about his sending-off in Saturday's 5-2 defeat away to Bournemouth.

The defender was dismissed for a second bookable offence in the 59th minute after handling a cross in the area, a decision which led to Bournemouth's fourth goal after Lewis Grabban converted from the penalty spot.

Dunne's first booking had come early in the first-half after a foul on Cherries winger Marc Pugh, and the 31-year-old admits he is still cursing his luck after his second sending off of the season.

"If you look at the two games against Brighton and Bournemouth, I've probably made only three tackles," he told

"It's a frustrating one for me because when you get a booking, particularly one early in a game, it's always in the back of your mind and that can affect how you play from that point onwards.

"You're wary that if you make one more tackle you could be off, but that's something that professional footballers have always had to deal with and I'm no exception to that.

"The handball is a frustrating one because yes, it has hit my hand, but my arms were down by my side and the only way I could have got them out the way would have been for them to be behind my back.

"Naturally I'm disappointed that I'll now miss two games, and big ones at that against QPR and Reading. As a team we have got to make the most of the international break and work hard on the training pitch because we're all extremely disappointed with the way the last two games have gone."

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