NAY­LOR’S RED SINKS UNITED

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Mike Simmonds

CAM­BRIDGE United boss Richard Money felt the decision to send off Tom Nay­lor was the turn­ing point in his side’s nar­row de­feat against Lu­ton Town.

The mid­fielder, who was mak­ing his de­but after join­ing on loan from Derby, was dis­missed after 55 min­utes for a two-footed chal­lenge on Jim Steven­son.

Money had no com­plaints about the decision though, or the one to award the Hat­ters an 80th minute penalty kick, that Mark Cullen net­ted from at the sec­ond at­tempt.

He said: “The red card does change it.

“Even with the red card I still thought we would have enough to at least walk off the pitch with a point.

“I think it’s al­ways wise to look after the event, but on first sight­ing, it didn’t look a par­tic­u­larly good chal­lenge.

“But I have to say that I thought there were a few more than that, while it looks a penalty from where I am.

“You get days like that when you give away a penalty kick and then the goal­keeper saves the penalty and it goes straight back to the goalscorer and you start to think it’s not our day.

“I thought we were very good, I can’t say any­thing other than praise as I thought we were ter­rific.”

Town boss John Still added: “It was a game of few chances.

“I don’t think any­one had too many, but you ex­pect that in this game.

“It was just about seek­ing out the one op­por­tu­nity.

“I thought we were a bit un­lucky on more than a cou­ple of oc­ca­sions.

“With 10 men, I thought we con­trolled pro­ceed­ings in the game.

“Some­times you can run away with 10 men, I’ve had it for and against, when it’s hard to win or you can get rolled over.

“But we can only worry about the job we did, and we did a very, very pro­fes­sional job in a hos­tile en­vi­ron­ment.”

The first half failed to live up to it’s star billing with chances at an ab­so­lute pre­mium.

Tom El­liott saw his snap­shot crash against the wood­work in a fre­netic start.

A much-im­proved sec­ond pe­riod saw Nay­lor dis­missed for his studs up chal­lenge and Lu­ton took ad­van­tage with Pelly Rud­dock Mpanzu to the fore.

First he sent a rocket of a shot that ham­mered into the cross­bar and away.

While it was from his lung­burst­ing run that the Hat­ters even­tu­ally broke the dead­lock too.

Break­ing away at pace, the mid­fielder was brought down by Richard Tait in the area for a penalty with 10 min­utes to go.

Cullen saw his tame ef­fort saved by Chris Dunn, only for the re­bound to fall per­fectly in his path to fire into the net.

Cam­bridge tried to mount a late fight back, as Greg Tay­lor volleyed nar­rowly wide for the vis­i­tors, but once El­liott’s header was punched clear by Mark Tyler in the Hat­ters goal, the game was up for Cam­bridge. And Lu­ton were even­tu­ally value for money for the three points.

PIC­TURES: Gareth Owen

STAR MAN P RUDDO CK-MP ANZU Lu­ton TAKE TWO: Mark Cullen re­acted quick­est to the re­bound from his penalty to score the only goal and, in­set, cel­e­brates the strike

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