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Blues hit out at harsh Grant red
WANDERERS boss Gareth Ainsworth and goalscorer Dean Morgan thought Joel Grant's game changing red card was harsh.
Blues' top scorer was dismissed by referee Andy D'Urso shortly before half time for a mistimed challenge on Morecambe's Andrew Wright, with the scoreline 1-0 in Wycombe's favour.
That decision, and numerous others from the former top flight official, incensed the Wanderers players, many of whom surrounded the referee at the end of this afternoon's 2-2 draw to make their feelings on his handling of the match known in no uncertain terms.
It came days after Matt Spring was also sent off against Yeovil in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy, and Ainsworth and Morgan both felt D'Urso made the wrong call.
Ainsworth said: "It was harsh again. I'm never going to get myself in trouble [for criticising a referee] but there were a couple of things I saw differently to Andy D'Urso today.
"I'm gutted for Joel. If you know Joel as a person you'd know he's not like that. Andy said he was out of control and endangering the opponent - if that's his view, obviously Joel's got a red card for that."
Morgan, who scored twice to put Wycombe 2-0 up before Morecambe's comeback, felt Wright made a meal of the challenge with his reaction.
He said: "I thought it was harsh. It was a coming together and Joel slipped at the last minute.
"Players make the most of these opportunities to benefit themselves."
D'Urso further enraged Wanderers by disallowing a stoppage time winner as Bruno Andrade tapped home after Josh Scowen, who was judged to have played the ball last, looked to have been brought down on the edge of the penalty area.
And Ainsworth said: "At the end I thought we'd nicked it. It's another offside decision I'll have to look at on the video again."
But the Blues boss said losing Grant was the game's turning point.
He said: "It's no secret Joel Grant's been one of our best performers of the season. He's an unbelievable threat - him, Dean Morgan, Bruno Andrade and Matt McClure terrorise them when they go forward so to lose one is a big blow.
"It's not just the sending off and ten men, it's losing a vital part of our attacking play."
Despite having been two goals ahead, Ainsworth felt it was a point gained rather than two tossed away after Jack Redshaw levelled for the Shrimps on 89 minutes and 59 seconds.
Wanderers had been hoping to make it four wins in a row in League Two but had to content themselves with ten points from a possible 12 instead.
Ainsworth said: "It's still an undefeated run, which is good. I'm a bit gutted but it's happened. Three or four months ago we'd have probably lost that game.
"This new group we've got, we feel we wanted to win that game, but I've said to them we had ten men for 55 minutes. I think a point's decent if I'm honest.
"A point is probably a positive result, although my heart says is I wish we could have nailed it and got three.
"It definitely adds to our league campaign and I'm pleased with the commitment of the boys."
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