Ducks boss hits out at ref after losing striker again

Ducks boss Tony Joyce has hit out at a 'harsh' referee after losing striker Jason Blackett to suspension (below)
Ducks boss Tony Joyce has hit out at a 'harsh' referee after losing striker Jason Blackett to suspension (below)

Aylesbury United manager Tony Joyce said the referee was ‘harsh’ to send off striker Jason Blackett in his side’s 1-1 draw at Northwood.

Joyce was happy with a point after the Ducks came from behind to earn a draw away to fifth-placed Northwood.

The game proved particularly eventful for one United player, returning forward Jason Blackett, who scored a goal before being dismissed for two yellow cards.

After the hosts took an early first half lead, the Ducks hit back through Blackett 12 minutes into the second half, when he finished from close range following good work from strike partner Stacey Field.

His afternoon took a turn for the worse, though, as he was sent off for two yellow cards which he earned in the space of 22 second half minutes.

Ducks boss Joyce felt Blackett was unlucky to get his marching orders.

He said: “It was good to have him (Blackett) back in the team and among the goals.

“I felt he was unfortunate to be dismissed, though, and we really had to work hard to hang on towards the end.

“I spoke to the referee about Jason’s sending off after the game and he said the first yellow was for persistent fouling.

“I did feel he was a bit hard done by with his second yellow when the referee judged he had used his elbow in a challenge.

“It is disappointing because it means he will be out for another couple of games again but that’s the way it goes.”