Oxford United furious after being denied late penalty

Danny Hylton is fouled by Barry Roche, but is booked for diving

Danny Hylton is fouled by Barry Roche, but is booked for diving

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OXFORD United were left fuming after being denied a late penalty in a 1-0 defeat at Morecambe last night.

Trailing with 15 minutes remaining, Danny Hylton was sent to the ground as he went past goalkeeper Barry Roche in the box.

It looked a certain penalty and a red card, but referee Tony Harrington adjudged the U’s No 10 had dived.

With the visitors unable to find an equaliser, it turned out to be a crucial moment and left the U’s as one of four sides in Sky Bet League Two who have failed to take a point from their opening three games.

Skipper Jake Wright was left in no doubt about the decision, which was confirmed by Roche during the game and after the game by Kevin Ellison, who scored the winner.

He said: “I thought it was a straight red.

“I spoke to their keeper, he was honest and said ‘I brought him down and I thought I was getting sent off’.

“I don’t blame the keeper, the referee made the wrong decision.

“He didn’t mean to, but I’m gutted about it because it changes the whole game.”

It was harsh on United, whose excellent performance should have seen them get off the mark in the league.

They were immeasurably better than during a terrible 2-1 defeat at Mansfield Town on Saturday, producing a slick display which caused their hosts all sorts of problems.

While defeat was hard to take for Michael Appleton, the head coach felt there were plenty of signs for encouragement.

He said: “The overriding factor is probably pride, because I asked the players to be brave and do it our way.

“They never did that on Saturday and everyone knows that.

“They’ve come up against a side that have won the first two games of the season and we’ve done it.

“Anyone who was here can back me up, we’ve dominated the game from the first minute to the 90th.

“But when things aren’t quite going for you, those things happen.

“There will be a spell this season when we won’t play particularly well and wonder how we’ve won a game.

“So, you won’t see me taking a backward step and I’d be very surprised if any of the players do after the character they’ve shown here.”

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10:09am Wed 20 Aug 14

87oufc says...

Credit to the keeper for being honest. I don't mind keepers taking one for the team.
Credit to the keeper for being honest. I don't mind keepers taking one for the team. 87oufc
  • Score: 4

11:54am Wed 20 Aug 14

addisonox says...

Good to see an honest keeper! Wonder if Bruce Grobelaar would of been so honest haha
Good to see an honest keeper! Wonder if Bruce Grobelaar would of been so honest haha addisonox
  • Score: -1

1:02pm Wed 20 Aug 14

Harold&Albert says...

Still, shouldn't be relying on penalties do win ... sorry draw ... games
Still, shouldn't be relying on penalties do win ... sorry draw ... games Harold&Albert
  • Score: 2

1:12pm Wed 20 Aug 14

howardl says...

It's ok being honest when the game is over...why didn't he go to the ref and tell him then during the game ...now, that's honesty
It's ok being honest when the game is over...why didn't he go to the ref and tell him then during the game ...now, that's honesty howardl
  • Score: 2

1:34pm Wed 20 Aug 14

Manor Born says...

Harold&Albert wrote:
Still, shouldn't be relying on penalties do win ... sorry draw ... games
This is true, but had the penalty been awarded, Morecambe would have been down to 10 men, with an inexperienced goalkeeper having to be their final substitute with plenty of time to go on and win the game against a weakened side.

Whether or not we would have gone on to do so is another matter, but it's another game where we seem to have dominated possession and got nothing for it. Playing attractive football is nice to watch, but we need to work on the end-product - the final ball and finishing. If we get these things together, we shall be a potent force. The tricky part is doing it.

The other worry is that we have failed to keep a single clean sheet. Always conceding a goal, puts extra pressure on. We are very much a work in progress, but if we don't turn things around fast - given our form at the end of last season and the beginning of this, we will soon find ourselves in a situation like Northampton or Wycombe last season. Confidence is a very fragile thing in football and at present we seem to be distinctly lacking it.
[quote][p][bold]Harold&Albert[/bold] wrote: Still, shouldn't be relying on penalties do win ... sorry draw ... games[/p][/quote]This is true, but had the penalty been awarded, Morecambe would have been down to 10 men, with an inexperienced goalkeeper having to be their final substitute with plenty of time to go on and win the game against a weakened side. Whether or not we would have gone on to do so is another matter, but it's another game where we seem to have dominated possession and got nothing for it. Playing attractive football is nice to watch, but we need to work on the end-product - the final ball and finishing. If we get these things together, we shall be a potent force. The tricky part is doing it. The other worry is that we have failed to keep a single clean sheet. Always conceding a goal, puts extra pressure on. We are very much a work in progress, but if we don't turn things around fast - given our form at the end of last season and the beginning of this, we will soon find ourselves in a situation like Northampton or Wycombe last season. Confidence is a very fragile thing in football and at present we seem to be distinctly lacking it. Manor Born
  • Score: 1

3:17pm Wed 20 Aug 14

Richard Wickson says...

I agree with Manor Born, we dominated for so long and had nothing to show for it, even their Manager, Jim Bentley thought it was a straight red and a penalty and that OU made it difficult for them but facts are facts, we couldn't break them down sufficiently well enough to actually score. It's a simple game, put the ball in the net more times than the opposition and sadly OU have found that difficult so often in the past few seasons. Despite looking decent last night we don't look like scoring often enough to end this dreadful run, remember it's not just this season, it goes back to February since we last looked like putting a run together and despite showing promise it looks like it could be sometime before we go on another successful run. It's a worry and confidence may not return in time to avoid a potentially disastrous run. Remember Bristol Rovers and Torquay were expected to vie for promotion last season and look where they are now, it's worrying! We may end up going on a good run but it may be necessary to avoid relegation rather than achieve promotion. Looking at the team now it may be that League 2 Football is the best we can hope for and then only if we can improve in front of the opposition goal.
I agree with Manor Born, we dominated for so long and had nothing to show for it, even their Manager, Jim Bentley thought it was a straight red and a penalty and that OU made it difficult for them but facts are facts, we couldn't break them down sufficiently well enough to actually score. It's a simple game, put the ball in the net more times than the opposition and sadly OU have found that difficult so often in the past few seasons. Despite looking decent last night we don't look like scoring often enough to end this dreadful run, remember it's not just this season, it goes back to February since we last looked like putting a run together and despite showing promise it looks like it could be sometime before we go on another successful run. It's a worry and confidence may not return in time to avoid a potentially disastrous run. Remember Bristol Rovers and Torquay were expected to vie for promotion last season and look where they are now, it's worrying! We may end up going on a good run but it may be necessary to avoid relegation rather than achieve promotion. Looking at the team now it may be that League 2 Football is the best we can hope for and then only if we can improve in front of the opposition goal. Richard Wickson
  • Score: 2

4:38pm Wed 20 Aug 14

Joe1 says...

Must not rely on Penalties!!! Need more power up front.
Must not rely on Penalties!!! Need more power up front. Joe1
  • Score: 0

5:49pm Wed 20 Aug 14

Eraser says...

Swings and roundabouts - we got a soft penalty against Mansfield - came to nothing though...
Swings and roundabouts - we got a soft penalty against Mansfield - came to nothing though... Eraser
  • Score: 0

10:55pm Wed 20 Aug 14

baldy bill says...

comeback ryan clarke quickly we don.t need a flapper in goal
comeback ryan clarke quickly we don.t need a flapper in goal baldy bill
  • Score: -1

11:08pm Wed 20 Aug 14

Benkiu says...

Hylton dived against Mansfield. Presumably the ref saw that dive and was half-expecting a dive from him.

Serves you right you diving racist....
Hylton dived against Mansfield. Presumably the ref saw that dive and was half-expecting a dive from him. Serves you right you diving racist.... Benkiu
  • Score: -4
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