Derry not pin­ning the blame

On Madley

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

CAM­BRIDGE boss Shaun Derry re­fused to blame ref­eree An­drew Madley for deny­ing his side a win­ner.

The vis­i­tors looked to have scored when Lewis Page’s cross was turned in by re­cent re­cruit Ben Wil­liamson just af­ter the hour mark, only to see the strike not given as Madley had blown a frac­tion ear­lier for Paul Ben­son’s lung­ing foul on Page.

“I’m not one for say­ing they should be get­ting ev­ery­thing right,“said Derry.“The game is played at such a high in­ten­sity now that any split-mo­ment de­ci­sion can be in the back of the net.

“Ob­vi­ously there’s an el­e­ment of dis­ap­point­ment, but I’m not go­ing to make a big deal of it as I’ve made so many mis­takes in the past and I’m sure will con­tinue to make mis­takes in the fu­ture. I was pleased with how we re­sponded af­ter the goal wasn’t given.”

Hav­ing watched his play­ers se­cure a draw in his first game in charge, Hat­ters man­ager Nathan Jones said: “Our play­ers would have heard the whis­tle, he blew up early. They (United) will be ag­grieved, but he blew im­me­di­ately. If he let it go and then they scored that’s an­other mat­ter, but I heard the whis­tle, and our play­ers would have.

“It’s a start for us. I asked them to give me a work-rate and the crowd saw that to­day.We had a work-rate and a de­sire about us and it was a good clean sheet.”

Jones was dealt an im­me­di­ate blow af­ter just eight min­utes when goal­keeper Mark Tyler went down with a back in­jury and El­l­liot Justham took his place.

Cam­bridge had the first ef­fort of note, Page fir­ing over the top from dis­tance, be­fore Town were forced into an­other change on 20 min­utes, with winger Danny Green car­ried off and Josh McQuoid brought on.

Jack Mar­riott then thought he had opened the scor­ing only to see his ac­ro­batic vol­ley dis­al­lowed for off­side, with U’s com­ing close too, Rob­bie Simp­son fir­ing over and Wil­liamson wide.

Hat­ters could not cre­ate any­thing de­ci­sive though, Jonathan Smith com­ing close from range, as was Luke Berry with a 20-yard vol­ley.

Lu­ton started the se­cond half strongly with Ryan Hall inches wide on the half-vol­ley, the winger also head­ing over mo­ments later, while McQuoid curled over the top.

U’s weath­ered the storm though and upped the ante, and were de­nied only by the whis­tle of Madley, who in­stantly put his heads in his hands, re­al­is­ing his er­ror.

And the Hat­ters al­most claimed all three points when Jake How­ells’ shot was saved low down by Nor­ris, and the spoils were shared.

STAR MAN MAG­NUS OKUONG­HAE

Lu­ton

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