Birmingham City manager Alex McLeish said he had no complaints about Franck Queudrue's sending-off in the 3-1 victory over Manchester City at St Andrew's.
The Frenchman, who returned to the side as a make-shift centre back in place of the suspended Liam Ridgewell, was shown a straight red card after pulling back Benjani inside the penalty area in the 57th minute and Elano rescued a goal back for City from the resulting spot kick.
Queudrue will now join the suspended Ridgewell on the sidelines for this weekend's match at Wigan Athletic.
"From where I was sitting, I'm thinking it looks like a penalty because Benjani got goal-side of the defenders and he has fantastic pace," McLeish said. "I would have thought our boys would struggle to catch him. It looked liked a penalty.
"Franck thought Rahdi Jaidi may have been able to come across and make the tackle but, if the referee deems it a goal-scoring opportunity, he has got to go."
The impact of Queudrue's dismissal was lessened by two superb strikes from Argentinian striker Mauro Zarate. He stunned City with two superb finishes and it was Queudrue's through-ball which set the 21-year-old up for the opening goal. Afterwards the Frenchman was full of praise for the young striker.
"He made a great run for the first goal and chipped the keeper," Queudrue said. "He is very talented with both feet. I don't know if he is a left-footer or a right-footer. In training sessions he uses both feet.
"What a talent. If we don't know which is his better foot, maybe the opposition don't either and that is good for us. You can see the strike for the second goal was perfect.
"It would be good to keep him full-time. He is only 21, but a very talented player. I think he is doing a good job with Mikael Forssell and they compliment each other well.
"In 12 months he will be even better. He knows about the physical side of English football and he has adapted very well in training. That's how you learn."
After it was questioned in some quarters whether Blues had what it takes to avoid relegation prior to last Saturday, after winning only three games since McLeish took over as manager in November last year, Queudrue said the squad was now demonstrating it had the mental strength to avoid the drop.
"If we show this kind of heart we will stay up," he said. "I would say we showed it before but we didn't maybe get the wins we deserved. We would get draws. Maybe this is the turning point. We need to keep going and moving forward."