Sheri­dan slams ref as well as stupid red

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Michael Beard­more

JOHN Sheri­dan did not know who to be more an­gry with af­ter see­ing nine-man Old­ham’s resur­gence ended at Walsall – ref­eree John Brooks or his own player Lee Croft.

Croft’s early dis­missal for a reck­less, studs-up chal­lenge on Walsall’s Ja­son McCarthy left the Lat­ics to play 74 min­utes with ten men.

They bat­tled man­fully and de­served at least a point but were de­nied when Brooks awarded a late penalty against Peter Clarke for a foul on Simeon Jack­son.

Erhun Oz­tumer scored from the spot and Amadou Bakayoko sealed the win in in­jury-time, with Brian Wil­son’s sec­ond yel­low re­duc­ing Old­ham to nine men in be­tween.

Sheri­dan seethed: “Ob­vi­ously the send­ing off hasn’t helped us so early in the game. I’m very dis­ap­pointed with Crofty.

“I’ve got no qualms about it. It was a stupid tackle. He’s let him­self down and he’s let the team down.

“But late on it’s never a penalty. Peter gets the ball. And it’s a clear foul on Aaron Hol­loway in the build-up. How the of­fi­cials don’t see them, I don’t know.

“I am sick to death of it and no won­der man­agers lose it some­times.

“We dug in to take it to the break 0-0 and did re­ally well in the sec­ond half with ten men. I thought we were right in the game up un­til the penalty.”

Old­ham were five un­beaten go­ing into the game, mov­ing out of the bot­tom four in the process, but Croft’s 16th-minute red card gave them a moun­tain to climb.

They kept Walsall quiet un­til the break, keeper Con­nor Ri­p­ley only called into real ac­tion once with a fine close-range block from Kieron Mor­ris.

Ten-man Old­ham were the bet­ter side af­ter the in­ter­val and Tope Obadeyi’s free­kick shaved the post be­fore Oz­tumer put Walsall ahead from the spot.

Wil­son then saw a sec­ond yel­low for clash­ing with Bakayoko, who sealed the points with an ab­so­lute humdinger from the edge of the box in time added on.

Walsall re­main out­siders for a play-off spot and boss Jon Whit­ney said: “We have won five straight at home now and I think that’s the best one of the five, all things con­sid­ered.

“It’s very dif­fi­cult when a team banks in against you and we’ve not had it for a while.

“The send­ings-off added an ex­pectancy and put us in a bit of a lose-lose sit­u­a­tion.

“Some teams don’t han­dle it. Manch­ester United couldn’t break Bournemouth down.”

STAR MAN TOPE OBADEYI Old­ham

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