KENNY Jackett admitted both Jermaine Easter and Andy Keogh were fortunate not to be sent-off during the second-half of Millwall's 3-0 defeat to Huddersfield Town.
Keogh incurred the wrath of the home crowd when he appeared to stamp on Jack Hunt – although referee Scott Mathieson took no action – while Easter was booked for catching the same player.
Hunt was himself shown a yellow card for a retaliatory lunge on Keogh and Jackett decided to bring the striker off in the 84th minute with the situation in danger of boiling over.
Jackett said: "You want your players to show passion but that can quite often transmit into a straight red card on the wrong day and under the right circumstances, so that resulted in the substitution.
"I asked Adam Clayton, who was standing right by me, whether Andy stamped on Hunt and he said, 'no, not really'. There was also an incident where Jermaine came across his man.
"You have to avoid those situations. To a degree, they were fortunate not to be sent-off. That would have depleted us further with key games coming up and the squad stretched.
"While you want commitment and people to fight back when you're losing, Andy and Jermaine have to be very, very careful because either instance could have been interpreted as a red card."