Sunderland manager Steve Bruce is set to appeal against the red card shown to centre-half Michael Turner in the 4-3 defeat at Manchester City.
Turner was sent off late on in the game at Eastlands for the use of an elbow in a challenge with Gareth Barry, a decision by referee Andre Marriner which left Bruce upset.
He said:"I will appeal. I hope he can have a look at it and he can see it was a shuddering challenge between two of the most honest professionals you are going to get.
"Michael Turner got higher, that is the only reason he has caught Gareth Barry.
"You have got to raise your elbows when you are jumping for a ball. I might as well tell my centre-half not to head it next week because he might get sent off.
"I hope the referee looks at it again. I doubt it, though.
"Our problem is that we keep coming to the big clubs and doing fantastically well. Against the smaller ones, we don't. It is one thing we are trying to address."