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Kusunga red card leaves way clear for Connor

Reporter: MATTHEW CHAMBERS
Date online: 18 February 2014

CONNOR Brown is set to reclaim a starting place for Athletic when a busy period of nine matches in 36 days begins with Gillingham’s visit to Boundary Park this weekend.

The right-back will step into the shoes of Genseric Kusunga, whose red card at MK Dons on Saturday has resulted in a two-match ban.

Former Sheffield United player Brown may consider himself unfortunate to have lost his spot in the first place, but manager Lee Johnson felt Kusunga was dealt with a little harshly by referee Chris Sarginson.

And the boss also apportioned some blame for the defeat on the shoulders of substitute Jonson Clarke-Harris, who didn’t hold the ball up as well as could be expected at Stadium MK when the visitors came under increasing pressure.

“The Kusunga red card was disappointing,” Johnson said. “Had it been an isolated incident then I don’t think he would have been shown a yellow card there. It wasn’t a bad one.

“I was also disappointed with Jonno Clarke-Harris; he was poor and it killed us, really.

“Other than that, it was an excellent performance. I was desperate to get something out of the game.”

Before things started to unravel with 10 men in the second half, Johnson could at least take some satisfaction from the way his side out-manouevred the Dons.

Comments

Some lessons to learn by our rookie manager from this experience I feel. I agree with a lot of what LaticsWaj said yesterday. I was at the game and could see Kusunga's Red card coming. Yes he's a professional and should've known better... and I assume LJ warned him at HT, however he could've avoided it by taking him off. JCH didn't hold it up... however Stead had been holding it up well and Harkins was our best outlet, yet LJ took them both off. Lessons to be learnt. We move on...!

here we go again another one of the usual suspects singled out this time its JCH. LJ the reason for the defeat lies at your door GK shouldnt of been on the pitch and the man who could hold the ball up and was withdrawn was harkins and thats your call. poor tactics and poor man management wont get you anywhere, why not single out dayton hes done nothing for weeks yet seems immune to your negativity is it because your pals ?

I feel Connor Brown is a far better player than most fana give him credit for. When he replaced Kusunga against Peterborough we looked a far more formidable side and yes he makes mistakes, he is only young,yet he brings pace and enthusiasm to the team.

The only thing you needed to do was make one decision, sub off Kusunga, better still keep the same back four as per the previous two games. Why change it?

The rest would have taken care of itself, 11 v 11 we were on top & we could have won the game.

JCH not good enough. Harkins could've held up the ball & he'd have brought other players in to play, he's our best player. Then we could've seen Turner, Kissock or both.

Please drop Oxley. He can't command his box or catch! Liability!

 

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