Hatters boss John Still admitted that although he felt it was a harsh call to send off Cambridge midfielder Harrison Dunk during yesterday’s League Two clash at the Abbey Stadium, he didn’t believe the decision played any part in his side’s 3-1 win.
After Dunk had been shown yellow for a poor challenge on Luke Guttridge, he received his second yellow on 64 minutes with the scores level at 1-1 for what referee Graham Salisbury deemed a deliberate handball.
“We’ve played in a really strong atmosphere away from home and in my opinion I think we’ve controlled the game against a good side.”John Still
From the free kick, Luke Wilkinson headed Danny Green’s perfect delivery home, while Green himself added a third late on as Still said: “I thought the sending off was poor, I don’t think he deserved to be sent off. I’m just giving an opinion on this, but me personally I don’t think it was a game changer either.
“We’ve played in a really strong atmosphere away from home and in my opinion I think we’ve controlled the game against a good side, I really do.”
U’s boss Richard Money was clearly of a different opinion to his Town counterpart, although appeared to mix up Hatters defender Stephen O’Donnell with midfielder Olly Lee, who was Luton’s only caution of the afternoon, in his post match analysis
He said: “I certainly felt up until the second yellow card we were the better team.
“I think the match was a great example of how a game changes because of something that you cannot control.
“If the referee had given (Stephen) O’Donnell a second yellow for his tackle on Harrison Dunk before half time, then you could perhaps understand the decision he has given against Harrison a little bit more.
“He obviously looked at O’Donnell’s tackle and thought to himself that the player is already booked and will give him one more chance.
“But in a situation where Harrison could do absolutely nothing about what happened, the second yellow came straight out.”