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“It is disappointing but that is the way it is”

Lovell continued, “We are asking forwards to score goals and get the ball in the back of the net but when they do it’s taken away from them. It’s very disappointing.” The Gills boss did concede, “You can’t blame the officials, it is hard for them. Unless you have the technology that goal would never have been given. It is disappointing but that is the way it is.”

Lovell did heap praise on Parker who had a great game saying, “That goal would have topped off a great performance for him. It is a goal, for me, he has done everything he could to get the Sponsors Man-of-the-Match Award.”

Reflecting on the missed chance to reach the last eight of the Southern Section of the CheckaTrade Trophy competition Lovell said, “In the first 20-25 minutes we had three very good opportunities, which we should have taken. I was disappointed with the two goals we conceded, both similar. We didn’t get out and close the players down quick enough, which we did for most of the game, but on those two occasions we didn’t and they scored. It’s fine margins.” 

Meanwhile Oxford United’s manager Pep Clotet was pleased to see his side recover from a slow start saying, “We suffered a little bit in the beginning with their pressing and it took us a while to find the right solutions. I think in the second half the team did very well.”

Reflecting on the game Clotet added, “With their shot I couldn’t see it, but I never complain when they give a penalty against us – refereeing is a tough job and some decisions go for you, some against.”

Oxford United’s match winner Alex Mowatt was delighted to end thoughts of a penalty shoot-out as his 91st-minute rocket flashed past Stuart Nelson to decide the match. “Last-minute goals are always good – we didn’t want it to go to penalties. I looked at the clock and it said ‘88’ so I thought we’d get one more chance and I’m glad it fell to me. It’s a lot better to score and mean the boys don’t have to take a penalty.”