BLACK­WELL SEES RED AT REF­EREE

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Sam Con­way To comment on this match go to http://boards.footy­mad.net/

BURY boss Kevin Black­well slammed a lack of ref­er­ee­ing con­sis­tency, af­ter watch­ing his side re­duced to ten men in a nar­row de­feat to Ox­ford at the Kas­sam Sta­dium.

A Danny Rose free-kick was can­celled out by Tom Soares, but Johnny Mullins struck the win­ner for the hosts from an­other set piece, be­fore Nathan Cameron saw red.

Al­though it was Bury’s sec­ond de­feat from their open­ing two league games, Black­well was sat­is­fied with his side’s ef­fort to get back into the match af­ter go­ing be­hind. But he did not en­joy the ref­eree James Lin­ing­ton’s per­for­mance.

“The award for the free-kick was absolutely pa­thetic,” he said. “It’s hard when you work all week and see some­thing like that. It was a noth­ing foul.

“As a man­ager, you want de­ci­sions to be equal. If some­one gets some­thing one way, it needs to go the other way.That’s not what hap­pened.

“It’s the frus­tra­tion that builds up in play­ers, but that’s down to the ref­er­ee­ing.

“I’m not knock­ing the ref­eree for book­ing him but there was no con­sis­tency. Cameron had el­bows in his face all af­ter­noon from Dave Kit­son, so he’s taken a lot of stick.

“The sec­ond half was one-way traf­fic. I’m dis­ap­pointed we con­ceded the goal just be­fore half-time but we came back, showed ter­rific char­ac­ter and to­tally dom­i­nated.”

The U’s made the break­through on 33 min­utes, af­ter Cameron im­peded Deane Smal­ley on the edge of the area.

Rose, start­ing his sec­ond spell at the club, floated the re­sult­ing free­kick over the wall and into the bot­tom left-hand cor­ner. The vis­i­tors’ fight­back was rewarded with an equaliser on 70 min­utes, as Craig Jones crossed for Soares to vol­ley home from close range.

But with ten min­utes re­main­ing Cameron was booked for a foul on Smal­ley and, from the re­sult­ing free-kick, David Hunt played the ball into Mullins who fired home.

Cameron was shown a sec­ond yel­low card for ar­gu­ing with the ref­eree and the man ad­van­tage proved to be too much for Bury.

Ox­ford boss Chris Wilder dis­missed the idea his side were gifted the win­ner or the numer­i­cal ad­van­tage and hopes to turn the Kas­sam Sta­dium into a fortress this sea­son.

“We need to have a solid home record and we’ll at­tract a few more pun­ters if we keep win­ning at home,” he said. “It’s a good start and long may it con­tinue.

“We had to make sure we were right de­fen­sively, be­cause we’ve seen a cou­ple of their games al­ready and they were ex­cel­lent at set pieces. They cause all sorts of prob­lems.

“There were a lot of fouls be­ing com­mit­ted out there. I’m not sur­prised some­body got sent off. But we took ad­van­tage of two fouls and have been re­ally good in that depart­ment. “I didn’t see a prob­lem with ei­ther foul.”

OX­FORD: (4-4-2) Clarke 6, Hunt 6, Mullins 7, Wright 5, Newey 6, Pot­ter 7, Whing 6, Rose 8, Rigg 7 (Hall 90 N/A), Kit­son 5 (Con­sta­ble 86 N/A), Smal­ley 6 (Davies 90 N/A) Subs not used: Cro­combe, Raynes, Ruf­fels, Wil­liams BURY: (4-4-2): Lain­ton 6, Bee­ley 6, Hinds 5, Cameron 3, Roberts 6, Soares 6 (Jack­son 85 N/A), Proc­ter 5, Holden 6, Jones 7, Rooney 6 (Sin­nott 63 5), Har­rad 5 (For­rester 62 5) Subs not

used: Charles-Cook, Lock­wood, Sedg­wick, Grimes

PIC­TURES: Dave Flem­ing

WHAT A CURLER: Danny Rose fires Ox­ford in front

PILE UP: Johnny Mullins, right, es­capes a bun­dle af­ter scor­ing the win­ner for Ox­ford

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