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🎥 Freeview | Listen To What The Gaffer Had To Say After The Cambridge Defeat

Michael Jolley says that it is the first time that he has seen fit to criticise a referee since he took over as manager last season

3 November 2018

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Match Report: Cambridge United 1-0 Grimsby Town

3 November 2018

Listen to the full interview on Freeview (above). 

Michael Jolley says that it is the first time that he has seen fit to criticise a referee since he took over as manager last season.

Speaking on iFollow after the game, he said: “I went over and spoke to the referee, I thought he had a really poor game.

“I thought all the marginal decisions went in Cambridge’s favour – I told him that, and I was really disappointed with that.

“I’ve had about 30 games as a manager, and it’s the first time I’ve really thought the referee affected a game.

“I thought the referee gave everything to Cambridge, and that was really frustrating for us because we thought all the marginal calls were going in their favour.”

On Town's penalty shouts. 

On the Mariners’ two penalty appeals, Jolley said: “Without seeing it again on a replay it’s impossible to say, so I wouldn’t want to accuse the referee of getting that one wrong until I’ve seen it again.”

He added: “I think it was more just all the marginal fouls - the momentum of the game is significantly affected by fouls and territory, and them being able to put the ball in our box, and when nearly everything went in their favour, I think that makes it hard for us.”

Crushingly disappointed with the result. 

“I thought it was a relatively even game, either side could have won it.

“I was a very tight affair. We started the better and probably had the better of the second part of the first half.

“I think the second half was more about them and they were counter-attacking from our shape. I think we had some really good chances to score the first goal – two or three good counter attacks where we should score. Then we concede a goal with seven minutes to go.

"We are crushingly disappointed because I think we put a lot into the game and I think we deserved to get at least a point from it.”

Alex Whitmore injured. 

"The Town boss confirmed that Alex Whitmore was withdrawn after picking up an injury.

He said: “He’s injured. He got a blow to the ribs so couldn’t really carry on.”


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