Jacob Butterfield’s red card during defeat at Norwich City is disputed by Derby boss Steve McClaren
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Derby boss Steve McClaren felt his side's fortunes turned on Jacob Butterfield's red card and claimed referee Darren Bond's decision was wrong.
The former City midfielder steamed into a tackle on Wes Hoolahan in the 66th minute which saw the Irishman's shinpad fly out of his sock.
The Canaries playmaker escaped without injury and McClaren felt the decision to send his player off was incorrect, with the score still at 1-0, before Nelson Oliveira completed his hat-trick for the hosts.
'I think the referee got it wrong and we will be looking at an appeal,' he said. 'Butterfield's feet were not off the ground and he got a little bit of the ball. He also caught the player as well and because of that he falls down.
'I think the reaction of the player (Hoolahan) and the crowd, which I can understand, played a part in it.
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'That was a big turning point, for me it was all about the sending off. We were up against a very good Norwich side, who have got one of the best squads in this division, and it was always going to be very difficult for us when we went down to 10.
'It was a disappointing afternoon for us, but we were unbeaten in 10 and that run was always going to come to an end at some stage.
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'What we have got to do now is dust ourselves down and go another run like that.'
The Rams travel to Premier League side West Brom in the FA Cup third round on Saturday and then to Leeds in the league the following Friday.
'We're always down when we have been defeated. We don't like it, it hurts, but we have had a lot of good days up until now,' McClaren added.
'This is not one, of course, but one thing you can do in this Championship is say 'okay, now it's time to go on another run'.
'It's going to be about how we react on Saturday. It's a great game for us at West Bromwich Albion in the FA Cup and it's one we are looking forward to.'