Bloomfield baffled over Sutton’s spot-kick winner

Sutton United v Colchester United – Sky Bet League Two – VBS Community Stadium – Reaction

Sutton United 1-0 Colchester United

Colchester United boss, Matt Bloomfield was left perplexed by referee Peter Wright’s decision to award Sutton United a first-half penalty which ultimately settled the struggling U’s Sky Bet League Two clash at the VBS Community Stadium.

Rob Milsom dispatched the resulting kick in the eighth minute of first-half stoppage time. The decision appeared baffling. Colchester lost Alan Judge to a knee injury. The player was carried off on a stretcher after the erratic official appeared to ignore the stricken U’s man lying flat out ahead of the melee.

“I don’t know what the penalty was given for?” Bloomfield bemoaned.

“We’ve also got Alan who’s got a big injury, on his knee, injured in the middle of the six-yard box.

“They don’t stop the play, they let the play go on and he’s lying injured in the middle of the incident as it happens for the penalty as well.

“I can’t understand how week after week, we’re talking about incidents in the middle of our six-yard box that no one sees.

“AFC Wimbledon away, Mansfield away, Sutton away, they’re adding up and I don’t understand how we have four officials officiating the game and no one looks in the middle of the six-yard box.”

Colchester, who had Ossama Ashley sent-off shortly after half-time, have now picked up only one point from thirty-three on offer during their travels. Bloomfield made it clear that decisions were hurting his sides’ chances of avoiding the drop: “I’m a big believer in process and affecting the things you can affect and controlling the controllables.

“I believe that wholeheartedly.”

“We keep coming away from away games that are decided not by the way we perform because I’m really proud of the boys again and the way they performed.

“We were on the ascendency first half and created really good opportunities.

“We were comfortable in the game, even in the second half with the discipline that the boys showed with ten men, the control that we had in our game and everything we’d worked on, during the week.

“But we’re coming away from another away game talking about a referee decision in our six-yard box, for the third time.”


Brian Jeeves