Ban­ished Stur­rock fumes at ‘soft’ red

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Chris Spit­tles

YEOVIL Town boss Paul Stur­rock hit out at ref­eree Ni­cholas Kin­se­ley af­ter he was sent to the stands for protest­ing against a red card for Glovers striker Shaun Jef­fers.

The home side were lead­ing 1-0 through an early Harry Cor­nick goal when Jef­fers was dis­missed for a foul on Aaron McGowan on 27 min­utes.

Af­ter the red card, Yeovil quickly dou­bled their lead through Omar Sowunmi be­fore Stur­rock was sent from the touch­line for ques­tion­ing Jef­fers’ send­ing off.

But the ten men couldn’t hold on af­ter the break as More­cambe mounted a stir­ring come­back and claimed vic­tory thanks to goals from Aaron Wildig, Andy Flem­ing, Lee Molyneux and Kevin El­li­son.

Stur­rock said: “From where I was the send­ing off looked soft. I think he showed the studs but there was no mal­ice.

“I’m also dis­ap­pointed he took so long to send him off and seemed to speak to one of their play­ers. I’m not say­ing he was in­flu­enced but it was dis­ap­point­ing.

“The boy hasn’t got that in him, he hasn’t got a tackle in him and now he’s fac­ing a three-match ban.

“Af­ter the send­ing off we matched them for an hour but we didn’t have many op­tions on the bench.”

More­cambe de­served vic­tory for their sec­ond­half per­for­mance, but boss Jim Bent­ley was not im­pressed with his side’s dis­play be­fore the in­ter­val.

He said:“I thought we were poor in the first half. We made bad de­ci­sions, our game man­age­ment wasn’t good and we looked shell-shocked.

“We tweaked things at half-time, made a change to send on Lee Molyneux and the game turned in our favour. Molyneux did well, he looked sharp in train­ing and showed that in the game .

“The sec­ond half was per­fect from our point of view.We had to be pa­tient in pos­ses­sion but we got our re­wards in the end.”

The home side made a bril­liant start as they took the lead af­ter just 62 sec­onds, Cor­nick tap­ping in.

But they suf­fered a set­back on 27 min­utes when Jef­fers was sent off for a lung­ing chal­lenge on McGowan.

But the Glovers dou­bled their lead shortly af­ter­wards as Sowunmi headed in.

But they then had Stur­rock sent from the touch line for ar­gu­ing.

And More­cambe dom­i­nated af­ter the in­ter­val, pulling a goal back through Wildig’s spec­tac­u­lar volley be­fore Flem­ing lev­elled.

The out­stand­ing Molyneux then fired the visi­tors into the lead with just five min­utes left.

And El­li­son rounded things off in stop­page time as he con­verted a cross from Molyneux to set­tle any nerves.


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