Lee Martin gutted to be missing Ipswich Town’s next three games

Henri Lansbury goes down clutching his stomach after a tangle with Lee Martin for which the Town pla

Henri Lansbury goes down clutching his stomach after a tangle with Lee Martin for which the Town player was sent off - Credit: Archant

LEE Martin revealed his dismay following his red card in Tuesday evening’s 1-0 defeat at Nottingham Forest.

The winger will miss Town’s next three games after lashing out at the Reds’ Henri Lansbury, with the score at 0-0.

Martin had started the game brightly and was causing the hosts’ backline all kinds of problems with his pace and trickery.

“I have to take full responsibility for the way I reacted. It shouldn’t have happened,” Martin said.

“The lad has come in on me and stamped on me while I’m on the floor. I pushed my arm out against him. It wasn’t malicious; it was ‘get off me’ that sort of thing. It was heat of the moment stuff.

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“He made the most of it, which is disappointing but like I said, I shouldn’t have reacted like I did.

“I’m gutted about it and apologised to the lads in the dressing-room. I’ve got to sit out three games now when every game is crucial and that’s obviously a sickener.”

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Martin was also aggrieved that he was not awarded a penalty when he was seemingly tripped in the penalty box, as Town took the game to Billy Davies’ team during the first half.

Referee David Webb gave a free-kick on the edge of the penalty area instead but Martin added: “The first contact was outside but then the play carried on and they brought me down inside the box. It was a penalty.”

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