Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Red Card Unfair and Cost Us Game Claims Jenkins

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Red Card Unfair and Cost Us Game Claims Jenkins

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Byline: Jonathon Taylor Sports writer

PAUL Jenkins believes referee Glen Hart cost Boro Under-21s victory against Manchester United after showing captain Jonny Burn a controversial red card.

Boro's second string faced an experienced United side that included first-team trio Paddy McNair, Adnan Januzaj and Andreas Pereira, but more than held their own at Victoria Park on Monday evening.

Callum Cooke's second-half strike handed Boro the advantage, but on 69 minutes the hosts were rocked as Burn was sent off for what Hart felt was a last-man challenge on James Weir.

The Old Trafford outfit were subsequently awarded a penalty which Pereira dispatched, and after Burn was given his marching orders, Boro faced an uphill challenge against a Man Utd side hoping to retain their Barclays Under-21 Premier League crown.

Seven minutes from time, Joe Rothwell's cross from the left was inadvertently diverted past his own keeper by Boro defender Nathan McGinley, as the Red Devils secured a 2-1 win.

After the game, Boro Under-21s boss Jenkins bemoaned Hart's decision and believes it cost his side all three points.

"We were hard done to. The lads have done everything we've asked them to do and left nothing in the dressing room, they gave us everything on the pitch and the commitment and the application got them into a good position in the game," Jenkins said.

"Unfortunately one decision (cost us). You talk about gamechangers and that certainly was. "I haven't looked back at the video but the goalkeeper has the ball in his hands before the lad falls over. From our point of view it's not a penalty and it's not a sending off, but the referee from his angle deemed that it was.

"We have to take that on the chin, but even with 10 men we kept going and we tried to be positive when we could.

"I'd like to look at the positives. For the first half we kept a good shape and out of possession the players were disciplined. …

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