Spillane still gutted over Redbridge’s disallowed goal

PUBLISHED: 13:08 17 November 2011

redbridge v oxford city FA Cup first round

redbridge v oxford city FA Cup first round

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Redbridge boss still angered by decision to disallow last minute winner from Matt Turpin

»It may be five days on, but Redbridge’s controversially disallowed stoppage-time goal against Oxford City in the first round of the FA Cup still angers boss Terry Spillane.

His side could have made sure of a second-round tie with League Two side Crawley Town, but for the goal to be ruled out by the referee’s assistant with striker Joe Gardner allegedly infringing keeper Keith McCloughlin as defender Matt Turpin headed home.

But after days of watching the replay Spillane still cannot see why it was disallowed.

“I would be a liar if I told you I still wasn’t gutted,” admitted the Motormen’s boss.

“I have watched the highlights and although they could have been 3-0 up by that stage, we were able to keep another clean sheet. Looking at it since my opinion hasn’t changed.

“Just in the run up to the corner he has said to the keeper to stop pushing Joe (Gardner) and then as soon as the corner has been taken a defender pushes Joe into the keeper and the flag goes up.

“But for a second everyone thought the dream had come true, but now we have to get our minds focussed on the replay.”

Between now and Tuesday night his side face Cheshunt in Ryman One North action, and Spillane admits he faces a tough job focusing his side ahead of the replay, and the possibility of Crawley in the next round over the weekend of December 3-4.

“It’s a League Two side to look forward to, but Oxford City will be thinking exactly the same as well,” added Spillane.

“If we get through then we can afford to worry about Crawley, but we have the weekend to worry about as well with the Cheshunt game.

“I have lost count of the amount of games we have had since we played in the league, so it will be tough – but as the cliché goes we have to take each game as it comes.

“We’ll be sending someone up to watch Oxford at their game against Hitchin Town on Saturday, but it would be stupid to say we don’t know an awful lot about them already.”

The club will be running a coach to the replay from the ground on Tuesday. For more information contact Adam Dennehey on 07908 382566 by this Saturday.

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