BOSS Paul Lambert will be back in the dugout for tonight's League Two clash at home to Darlington (ko 7.45pm).

The Blues chief was sent to the stands for arguing with referee Gary Sutton as Wanderers crashed out of the FA Cup 2-1 at Stockport County on Friday.

He was furious that the official awarded the Hatters a 43rd minute penalty when even David Poole, the County player concerned, admitted to some of the Wanderers players he had not been fouled by Russell Martin.

Lambert was banished to the stands for taking the issue up with the officials at half time and he continued his rant afterwards with a furious tirade against the official from Lincolnshire.

He said: "It was a woeful decision, absolutely shocking. Unless you are 100 per cent sure you cannot give it. Russell Martin won the ball and everyone in the ground could see that."

"It was abysmal. The referee goes back to work tomorrow, whatever he is doing - a grocer's shop or whatever he's doing, a postman - in fact that job might be better for him because he was absolutely woeful.


"It was a woeful decision and it changed the game."

Wanderers were leading 1-0 at the time through Jermaine Easter's header but Adam Proudlock converted the penalty and then hit a second half winner to ensure that it was the Hatters and not Wycombe who booked a third round tie away to Premiership strugglers Watford.

Lambert said: "Even the linesman said it wasn't a penalty. He said to Sam Stockley and a few of our players that it wasn't a penalty but he can't change the referee's mind. Work that one out."

And Lambert was furious at being sent to the stands for the second half.

He said: "He The ref pushed me in the back. I didn't accept being pushed in the back and got sent off."

Lambert could now be in hot water with the FA when the referee sends his report in but he will be back on the touchline when Wanderers return to league action and their main priority of winning promotion with a tough test against Darlington tonight.

The Blues will welcome back on loan Premiership duo Ricardo Batista in goal and defender Stephen O'Halloran after their clubs, Fulham and Aston Villa refused them permission to play in the cup.

Darlington arrive on a run of three straight league wins, including a 3-1 success at Lincoln City, and they have not lost any of their last seven league clashes although they did bow out of the FA Cup on Saturday losing at home to League One side Swansea City.

Wanderers go into the game looking to arrest a run of form which has left them without a win in their last three outings.