Rotherham United are sweating on a call from the Football Association after manager Steve Evans was sent from the touchline during Saturday’s defeat at MK Dons.
Evans, incensed by referee Robert Madley’s decision to send off Michael O’Connor and award MK Dons a late first-half penalty, didn’t appear for the second half and later confirmed that Madley had sent him ‘upstairs’.
The incident seemed to centre around a steward, and is expected to have featured in Madley’s report.
And Evans, whose side faced Ronnie Moore’s Tranmere on Tuesday evening, could yet be hauled in front of the FA’s disciplinary panel.
Evans expressed his pride at his ten men after they battled back from 2-0 down to 2-2, only to fall to Patrick Bamford’s last-gasp stunner at stadium:mk.
“The heroic performance by the players deserved something from the match,” Evans said.
“But it is all part of football.
“Don’t get down: get up and fight is my only message to the players.
“In football, when you’re down and feeling sorry for yourself, you get kicked harder.
“We must get up and believe in what we are doing.”
Evans is once again hopeful of adding to his squad before Saturday’s trip to promotion-chasing Leyton Orient.
“I am looking at a few areas where I would like to add players,” Evans added.
“But it must also represent value for money in every deal we do.”
David Flitcroft’s Barnsley, meanwhile, go into Saturday’s crunch South Yorkshire derby against Sheffield Wednesday with a renewed sense of optimism after beating Middlesbrough last weekend.
That 3-2 win was only Barnsley’s second in 12 games, but was enough to lift them off the bottom of the Championship and Flitcroft said: “We’ve talked about the performances lately, but I know that you’re judged on results.
“As a football coach, you’re always building a jigsaw.
“We’ve done a lot of things wrong and made a lot of mistakes early on in the season, but we’re making that right with hard work.”
Chris O’Grady, who scored twice against Boro, has seven goals to his name already in the Championship this season - and will be once again gunning for his former club.