Peterhead defender David Ferguson claimed David Goodwillie deserved his red card in the Blue Toon’s League 1 draw with Clyde.
Goodwillie, fresh from scoring five goals against Stranraer the previous week, struck for the visitors at Balmoor to cancel out Derek Lyle’s opener in the first half.
But the former Scotland international was dismissed for violent conduct soon after, following an aerial challenge with Ferguson, 23, making his first start for the Blue Toon.
The ex-Ayr youngster said: “It felt like a red card. I headed the ball and out of nowhere I got caught and it felt like a forearm, although I cannot be certain.
“Some of the boys were saying he did not mean it but it felt bad. He caught me on the side of the face so it was a bit stiff after the game.”
Peterhead played the last hour with an extra man but were unable to make it count.
Clyde were well-organised and by restricting the hosts to hardly any attempts on goal, they fully deserved their share of the points.
Ferguson added: “It was disappointing. When Clyde went down to 10 men, we dominated the game but we could not create enough clear-cut chances.”
Lyle bulleted a header past David Mitchell, from Gary Fraser’s cross, in the sixth minute to give Peterhead the ideal start.
But his goal was cancelled out by Goodwillie in the 17th minute, the former Aberdeen attacker flashing a rising shot beyond Greg Fleming.
Once Goodwillie saw red 11 minutes later, Clyde should have been under the cosh, but looked likeliest and Martin McNiff somehow sent a close-range header wide just before half time.
Greg Fleming had to push an Ally Love drive round the post for a corner in the second period while his opposite number, Mitchell, was rarely worked.
Peterhead boss Jim McInally said: “It was frustrating. It was a right good game at 11 versus 11; it was really open.
“When Goodwillie was sent off, you think all your Christmases have come at once. But we never got a chance to expose them and I felt we were too tentative.”