BLACKWELL SEES RED AT REFEREE
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
WHAT A CURLER: Danny Rose fires Oxford in front
PILE UP: Johnny Mullins, right, escapes a bundle after scoring the winner for Oxford