Ronnie Moore said Hartlepool United considered an appeal into the red card Scott Harrison was given in the 2-1 defeat by Crawley Town.
The central defender was sent off by referee Mark Heywood after seemingly being struck on the top of the shoulder by a shot from Gwion Edwards after Trevor Carson had made a good save.
We looked at it and nearly appealed.RONNIE MOORE
Ex-Pools midfielder Simon Walton stuck away the spot-kick and Pools were chasing the game.
The penalty and red card had changed the game after Pools had started the second half better following an abject first-half display.
Moore said: “The penalty was the turning point.
“We got out of jail in the first half by getting in at 0-0 and we’ve started the second half better but then got square.
“We looked at it and nearly appealed.
“We looked at it closely but when we slowed it down, you can just see when Scotty turns and he goes side on, his arm does come up and the ball hits him.
“You can see why the decision was given.”
Moore must decide between Dan Jones and Matthew Bates as Harrison’s replacement at Wimbledon this Saturday.