‘Vic­tim’ Bowyer be­rates ref­eree

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Matthew Good­ing

GARY Bowyer felt Black­pool were “vic­tims” of ref­eree Dar­ren Drys­dale as they held in-form Cam­bridge to a goal­less draw.

Drys­dale awarded the home side a con­tro­ver­sial penalty 15 min­utes from time when Tom Al­dred tugged back Conor New­ton and was sent off.

But goal­keeper Sam Slo­combe dived to his right to block Luke Berry’s spot-kick and earn his side a point in an un­tidy game at the Cambs Glass Sta­dium.

“It’s never a penalty in a month of Sun­days, ev­ery­body in the sta­dium knows it,” said Black­pool boss Bowyer.

“We will ap­peal the red card and we will be suc­cess­ful. It was a poor per­for­mance all round from the ref­eree, and we’ve been the vic­tims.

“But it’s a fourth suc­ces­sive clean sheet, and we could have nicked it at the end.

“We were poor in the first half and I told the play­ers that. But we’ve had a go in the sec­ond pe­riod against a wellor­gan­ised team. The spirit we showed was ex­cel­lent and it’s a good point for us.”

Cam­bridge could have been in front early on, but Leon Legge saw his header from a Ge­orge Maris cor­ner strike the base of the post.

That set the tone for a first pe­riod which was dom­i­nated by the hosts, with Maris and Berry hav­ing ef­forts saved.

At the other end Mark Cullen’s closerange flick was stopped by Will Nor­ris. And af­ter the restart Black­pool twice came close through Andy Tay­lor, who saw Nor­ris just about hang on to his cross-shot, be­fore the U’s keeper par­ried a curling free-kick.

Then came the big chance when New­ton and Al­dred tus­sled as the Cam­bridge sub­sti­tute tried to reach Uche Ikpeazu’s through ball, and Drys­dale pointed to the spot. It looked a harsh de­ci­sion, but Slo­combe stood up well to save Berry’s penalty.

“It’s frus­trat­ing in terms of the penalty,” said Cam­bridge boss Shaun Derry, whose team are un­beaten in eight league games.

“But we’ve come up against a team that doesn’t con­cede many, and the killer in­stinct was per­haps miss­ing.

“If Leon Legge’s header had gone in early on it might have been a dif­fer­ent story.

“We’ve brought in a cou­ple of play­ers this week, and we’re per­haps go­ing to be look­ing to the trans­fer mar­ket to boost our num­bers again, be­cause in the last 20 min­utes we’re look­ing around and won­der­ing who’s go­ing to give us that bit of magic we needed.”


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