MONEY IN A FURY AT DUNK RED
BEYOND belief was how Cambridge United boss Richard Money described the sending off of Harrison Dunk as Luton Town earned their first league win of the season against their big rivals.
Dunk saw a second yellow card for a deliberate handball with the score at 1-1, and from the resulting free-kick Luke Wilkinson headed the visitors in front before Danny Green sealed the win.
Money had seen Leon Legge cancel out Luke Guttridge’s stunning 35-yard lob, but he was left fuming as for the second season in a row referee Graham Salisbury sent off one of his players in this fixture.
Ex-Luton boss Money said: “If you want an example of a decision that changes the course of a match, that’s it. I’ve seen it and I will be taking it into him. I don’t normally, but it’s such a poor decision. It’s unbelievable. There’s absolutely nothing Harrison can do.
“First-half we were very good. We had several efforts that should have produced more than they did. But the referee’s decision changes the whole game.
“We needed to defend the freekick properly, that’s clear. But the decision was such a poor one it would have been difficult on the pitch to believe it. It’s beyond belief.
“We will have to take it on the chin and move on to next week.”
The home side, now four matches without a win, were the better side in the first-half with returning top scorer Barry Corr and Robbie Simpson heading wide after crosses from Mickey Demetriou and Dunk.
The U’s wastefulness was punished in stunning fashion as a long ball fell invitingly to Guttridge, in his first league appearance this season, who sent the ball looping over Chris Dunn first time from 35 yards.
The lead, though, only lasted seven minutes as Demetriou’s free-kick from the left was met by a powerful header by Legge.
Dunk was then booked just before half-time for a sliding challenge on Guttridge, which Money did not complain about, before getting his marching orders for handball after the ball hit him from close range.
Green took the free-kick from the right which Wilkinson headed home at the back post. Then after a slick move down the left, Craig Mackail-Smith played the ball to Green who wrig- gled away from his markers and fired past Dunn to push Luton away from the relegation places.
Hatters boss John Still said: “Luke and I have had conversations. I’ve said to him, ‘believe it or not, I know what you can do. If you think you’re not getting enough games I can understand that. But you’ve got a big part to play.’
“But I have to make decisions for the good of the team. “It was a quality finish from a quality player.
“It’s a small step on a long road. We’re still making the steps but I was very pleased with the way we played.”
CAMBRIDGE: (4-4-2): Dunn 6, Taylor 6, Legge 7, Roberts 6, Demetriou 7, Donaldson 6 (Omozusi 90 6), Berry 6, Hughes 6 (Blyth 87 6), Dunk 7, Corr 6, Simpson 6 (Newton 87 6) Subs not used: Slew, Beasant, Coulson, Taft
LUTON: (4-2-3-1): Tyler 7, O’Donnell 6, Cuthbert 6, Wilkinson 6, Griffiths 6, Lee 6, Smith 6, Green 7, Guttridge 7, McQuoid 6, Mackail-Smith 6 Subs not
used: McNulty, Hall, Justham, Ruddock-Mpanzu, Okuonghae, Williams, O’Brien
RISING HIGH: Luton’s Luke Wilkinson heads in their second
QUALITY: Luke Guttridge celebrates his wonder goal
STAR MAN LUKE GUTTRI