Spire­ites un­done by Morsy red card

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Sam Con­way

CH­ESTER­FIELD boss Paul Cook could not hide his dis­ap­point­ment with stand-in skip­per Sam Morsy after the mid­fielder’s dis­missal cost the Spire­ites at home to Brad­ford.

The 23-year-old was given a straight red just after the in­ter­val for a bla­tant el­bow on Brad­ford’s Andy Hal­l­i­day, be­fore Billy Clarke’s won­der­strike soon after gave Brad­ford their fifth win in six games.

Cook was quick to crit­i­cise Morsy after the game for let­ting his team­mates down, de­spite feel­ing the dis­missal was on the harsh side.

“If Sammy Morsy has caught him, he’ll be pun­ished very, very heav­ily,” he said.

“But it’s one of the things he must learn. He can’t let us down like that. He’s cap­tain­ing the side and was pos­si­bly the best player on the pitch at that time.

“My view was that there was a gen­uine foul for us right be­fore the send­ing off, and it was hand­ball be­fore Clarke scored the goal.

“I think there were con­tin­u­ally de­ci­sions by the ref­eree that were baf­fling to­day. It dis­ap­points me when you play teams that are street­wise like Brad­ford. You need a lit­tle bit of help from the ref­eree and we didn’t get it.

“But the lads were mag­nif­i­cent even when we went down to ten men, and we’ve been done by a won­der-strike in the sec­ond half.”

Ch­ester­field were on the back foot early on with Brad­ford’s An­drew Davies and Jon Stead both com­ing close inside five min­utes.

Ban­tams keeper Jor­dan Pick­ford then had to be alert to hold Jimmy Ryan’s 25th minute shot, be­fore Andy Hal­l­i­day and Mark Yeates both shot wide.

Morsy’s send­ing off came two min­utes after the restart, and the Ban­tams took full ad­van­tage.

Clarke, cel­e­brat­ing his 27th birth­day, picked up the ball 25-yards out be­fore un­leash­ing an un­stop­pable win­ner into the top cor­ner.

Brad­ford should have dou­bled their lead on 62 min­utes when Stead hit the post from six yards.

Pick­ford pro­duced a great save to deny Jay O’Shea, but Brad­ford held on to the de­light of boss Phil Parkin­son. “It was a mo­ment of pure qual­ity from Billy,” he said.“We know he’s al­ways ca­pa­ble of that. It’s a big goal for us be­cause this is a hard place to come and get a re­sult.

“Against ten men, it’s never easy and sat back a lit­tle bit. It wasn’t un­til the end that we got it go­ing again.

“I thought it was a dis­grace­ful el­bow from Morsy. He’s flung his el­bow right at him.

“The fans around me thought it was un­just, but Andy Hal­l­i­day’s got a swollen face and it is the kind of el­bow that can break somebody’s cheek­bone.”

STAR MAN BILLY CLARK

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