GARY Waddock could understand why referee Josh Smith opted to send off two Shrimpers players during tonight’s 7-1 defeat to Doncaster Rovers.

Ethan Hamilton was dismissed after just six minutes before Stephen McLaughlin was sent off at the start of the second half, both for challenges on Jon Taylor.

But Waddock offered an honest assessment of both sending offs.

“The first red card was a long way away but it did look like a reckless challenge and I can see why the referee gave a red,” said Waddock.

“The second red card I’ve not seen but what I can gather is that it was a lunge and a two footed challenge.

“If that is the case the referee will see it as a dangerous challenge and you see red.”