“The significance of the decision was monumental” – Colchester United boss Kevin Keen

Kevin Keen, who has left his post as manager of Colchester United this afternoon

Kevin Keen, who has left his post as manager of Colchester United this afternoon - Credit: Su Anderson

Colchester United boss, Kevin Keen, admitted that the 16th minute sending-off of Joe Edwards was a key moment in today’s 3-0 home defeat to Burton Albion, which finally condemned the U’s to relegation into League Two.

U’s right-back Joe Edwards was shown a shock red card for his challenge on Brewers’ left-back Damien McCrory, by referee Mark Heywood.

And Burton responded by scoring three goals against the 10-man U’s, all of them netted by winger Lucas Akins.

“It’s my policy that I don’t give any bad reports about referees to the media,” explained Keen.

“I have my own personal word, and that’s how I try to keep things.

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“I think it’s unfair to criticise officials in public, and I’m going to try and stick to that.

“I know it’s difficult, especially on a day like this today.

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“But the significance of the decision is absolutely monumental.

“It was a very even game, with even teams, up until that point,

“To go a man down against a good team, a hard-working team, made it extremely difficult.

“I think the lad (Lucas) who scored the hat-trick is one of the best players I’ve seen this season.

“Burton took full advantage of being a man up, though the effort of our boys was magnificent,” added Keen.

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