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We were battering Leyton Orient insists Accrington Stanley boss John Coleman after League Two defeat

PUBLISHED: 14:00 13 December 2016

Referee Darren Drysdale shows a red card to Accrington Stanley captain Sean McConville after a foul on Leyton Orient's Gavin Massey (pic: Simon O'Connor).

Referee Darren Drysdale shows a red card to Accrington Stanley captain Sean McConville after a foul on Leyton Orient's Gavin Massey (pic: Simon O'Connor).

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Sean McConville’s 23rd minute red card handed Orient the upper hand at Brisbane Road and they took all three points

Leyton Orient defender Myles Judd runs with the ball against Accrington Stanley (pic: Simon O'Connor).Leyton Orient defender Myles Judd runs with the ball against Accrington Stanley (pic: Simon O'Connor).

Accrington Stanley manager John Coleman insisted Leyton Orient were taking a battering before Sean McConville’s 23rd minute red card.

Referee Darren Drysdale sent off the visitors’ captain after he pulled down Gavin Massey, who was through on goal.

Stanley had enjoyed the lion’s share of possession before the incident, yet had only created two chances compared to O’s one.

“The red card turned the game and stopped the tide of us battering them and made it even. 10 v 11 it was even and 11 v 11 it was a one-way contest,” said Coleman.

“We’re disappointed and it could well have been a sending off if the lad is clean through. I don’t know if the goalkeeper was getting it.

“But we can’t look to blame other people. We have to look at it square on and we are not scoring enough. We are making stupid mistakes and whether it is a red or not, it is a stupid mistake.

“Even the most one-eyed Orient fan could see they weren’t in the game in the first half until the sending off.

“For a big period of the second half they weren’t in the game so we have got to find a way of winning games. To do that you’ve got to start scoring goals and we’ve got to blame ourselves.”

There was little doubt the 23rd minute sending-off changed the game, though it was the right decision.

Drysdale took his time and consulted with linesman Stuart Butler before eventually issuing the red.

Coleman added: “With the sending off - whether it is or it isn’t - the referee said he was a 100 per cent convinced it was.

“That is what he said to me at half time so why did he take two and a half minutes to make the decision?

“He has gone so on the say so of the linesman or the fourth official and I don’t think that is being a 100 per cent convinced.”

Orient leapfrogged Stanley following the victory, although are level on points with the Lancashire club.

Both are almost guaranteed not be in the bottom two at Christmas due to superior goal difference compared to Cheltenham Town and Newport County.

“We have got to stop looking to blame anybody else and blame ourselves. I have to take the blame because I pick the team and oversee training,” said Coleman.

“It is down to me and I’ll be judged where we finish at the end of the season and our first priority is to get away from the relegation zone.

“Orient have gone above us now and I don’t think after 20 minutes in their wildest dreams they thought they were going to go above us.”


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