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Blues angered by Oxford equaliser
FUMING Wanderers felt Oxford's last gasp equaliser that denied them a derby day win should have been disallowed by referee Andy D'Urso for a foul on Sam Wood.
Ten man Blues looked to be on course for a second successive win at the Kassam Stadium until defender Johnny Mullins blasted home in the 96th minute to tie the match at 2-2.
But manager Gareth Ainsworth said Mullins was only allowed chance to score after burly striker James Constable had fouled Wood in the build-up to the goal - a view shared by the makeshift Wanderers left back, who filled in at the back after the dismissal of Charles Dunne.
Wood said: "It was a foul on me but the ref didn't give it. I'm just about to head it and he [Constable] has come and pushed me in the back. What else could I do?
"It was right in front of the ref as well but he's seen it as if it wasn't a foul. I definitely felt somebody push me in the back and I couldn't do anymore."
But he admitted: "All the boys were saying they were waiting for the whistle and didn't hear it. That's where concentration comes in - we should have played to the whistle."
Ainsworth added: "There was a decision not to give a foul just before the goal I really disagree with. I thought it was a foul on our player and unfortunately they have scored the equaliser with a minute to go."
It was the second contentious decision of the day made by D'Urso, who also elected to show Dunne a straight red card after tangling with Oxford midfielder Alfie Potter.
Ainsworth was philosophical about Dunne's dismissal, saying he didn't get a good enough look at the incident.
He said: "Charles was sent off for an alleged elbow. If he caught him in the face with an elbow, it's purely accidental. An elbow in the face is an elbow in the face and by the letter of the law you've got to go."
Blues were 1-0 up thanks to Dean Morgan's first half header when Dunne was given his marching orders, and they were dealt a double blow as the subsequent free kick from Danny Rose went all the way in to bring the scores level.
Former Oxford man Morgan netted a penalty five minutes later to put Wanderers back in front until Mullins' late leveller and Ainsworth was proud of the way his ten men set about the league leaders, who had won all three of their previous League Two fixtures.
He said: "I'm immensely proud. They were fantastic, they gave me everything.
"I felt we were much the better side for most of the game. Eleven v eleven, we take the win.
"My lads are down but they should be elated, because I'm proud of them."
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