CHEY Dunkley was philosophical about the moment which saw him inadvertently head into his own net at Wembley.

The Oxford United centre back got to Adam Hammill’s 51st-minute cross, but under pressure from San Winnall he only succeeded in nodding past goalkeeper Benji Buchel.

It levelled the scores at 1-1, triggering an excellent spell for Barnsley, who went on to win the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy final 3-2.

Dunkley said: “We knew they would come out strongly in the second half.

“It was obviously frustrating to get an own goal, but those things happen in football.

“I got a call from Benji to head it, but if I’m in the right position I could have probably done better with it.

“I always thought we would get another goal or an opportunity to be in the game.

“It’s unfortunate and we’re disappointed we haven’t gone on to win, but we need to look forward and try to get promotion.”

After the final whistle Dunkley was consoled by Winnall.

The pair both grew up in Wolverhampton and have known each other for years, so the U’s defender appreciated some encouraging words.

“He was just saying unlucky to the lads, he thought we had given them a really good game and I think they respected us,” Dunkley said.

“He just said unlucky and keep pushing for promotion, because that’s the main thing for you.”

The final was Dunkley’s 29th appearance of the season and he kept his place in the side despite skipper Jake Wright being fit to start.

Head coach Michael Appleton instead opted to retain the centre back pairing of Dunkley and Johnny Mullins.

It was a big call, but showed faith in the 24-year-old, who has made big strides this season.

He said: “The gaffer has to make decisions, he’s the main man.

“Sometimes it can be a toss of a coin between the three of us.

“Obviously I got the nod and he was disappointed, but he was with the lads and supported us even after being told he wasn’t starting.

“I think that’s credit to him.”