Manager Gus Poyet revealed he considered leaving the Amex Stadium early after Brighton had two players sent off in the first half of their 1-0 defeat to Burnley.
Poyet cut a frustrated figure for most of the afternoon after referee Craig Pawson showed straight red cards to Roman Vincelot and Ashley Barnes inside the opening 12 minutes. After seeing Craig Noone upended with no punishment for his opponent, he threw his jacket to the turf before storming down the tunnel.
The Uruguayan later reappeared behind the press box, during which time Kieran Trippier scored the decisive goal with a crisp right-footed strike from 20 yards after 32 minutes. Poyet then returned to the dugout, but admitted later: "If the car park was open I was ready to go home."
He added: "I don't want to comment on the sending off incidents, it's up to the club whether they want to take it further but I'm not because I don't want to spend any money.
"Some people in games like this may lose their jobs. It was a really bad day at the office."
Brighton went into the game with the worst disciplinary record in the Championship, but Poyet hit back, adding: "In games involving Brighton we've had 59 yellow cards against 60 by our opponents. We've also had 100 fouls less than the opposition."
Burnley manager Eddie Howe was quick to admit his side were pushed all the way by determined Brighton.
"It's sometimes harder with a numerical advantage and it was a good experience for our lads, a really good test for us. It was a difficult last five minutes," he said.
"We didn't want to sit too deep and our defensive line wasn't great at the end.
"I can't recall playing for such a long time against nine men, but the atmosphere the Brighton fans created was terrific and if you stand off for one second someone like Craig Mackail-Smith will punish you."