Wolves have lodged an appeal with the Football Association following Christophe Berra’s red card against Watford on Saturday.
Berra was sent off in the first half at Vicarage Road for “denying an obvious goalscoring opportunity” following a tussle with Watford striker Troy Deeney.
Wolves will submit both written and video evidence to support their appeal for wongful dismissal.
A decision will be made this week ahead of Saturday’s visit of Nottingham Forest to Molineux, which Berra is currently due to miss as a result of his one-match suspension.
The Scottish defender was adamant he did not deserve a red card.
“I wasn’t tugging his shirt or anything. He was trying to get his arm in front of me and I was trying to get my arm in front of him,’’ said Berra.
“In the end, because when the ball was played and he was running towards goal, I had to turn and his momentum gets him there.
“What can you do? It was a big decision. At that point in the game, coming away from home, we were set. We were comfortable.
‘‘We started to pass the ball well and get behind their back four. But then going to ten men, no matter the opponents or whether it’s the Premier League, League One or the Championship, it’s difficult.
‘It’s an uphill struggle, it doesn’t matter who you are, it’s always going to be difficult – look at Tottenham losing 5-2.
‘‘Some games you might be a bit lucky and get back into it, like against Brighton, but this wasn’t one of those days, although I thought the boys did well. They battled on.
“Watford started the second half well but towards the end we started to push and on another day could have got an equaliser. But it’s no good going down to ten men for so long.
‘‘I know referee’s jobs are hard enough, so don’t get me wrong, it’s one of the hardest jobs in football. He’s made a decision on what he has seen but I thought it was a poor decision.
“I think everyone in the stadium would probably agree. If I’d pulled him, or tugged him and he went down, or clipped his heels, okay, fair enough.
‘‘But I have been in that situation a couple of times before through the years and I know when you’ve got to step back a little bit and hope for the best. He shot and the goalkeeper made a good save.”
Berra admitted he left the pitch in a state of shock.
“I walked off and didn’t even argue,’’ he added. ‘I couldn’t believe it when he blew the whistle and sent me off. I thought ‘he’s not thought about it’.’’
It was only Berra’s second red card in 139 Wolves games following his two bookings at Fulham in 2010.
“It’s my first straight red. That’s football for you. That’s why we all watch it,” said Berra, who praised Danny Batth, who could replace him against Nottingham Forest.
“Danny’s been doing well. He had a great loan period at Sheffield Wednesday last year. He’s still young and he’ll get better. We’re all in this together.
‘‘We’re only five points off the play-offs. Win three or four games – even just two in a row – it’s crazy. One minute you can be up there, the next you can be off a bit.’’