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Poole likely to appeal Oliver's red card
POOLE boss Tom Killick blasted Burnham defender Ashley Smith for his part in Ian Oliver’s dismissal but called for concentration from his own players following this dreary stalemate.
Off-colour Dolphins failed to find the net in a competitive fixture on home soil for the first time since March 2012 as fellow new boys Burnham rattled a few cages in a testing 90 minutes.
But the major talking points centred round penalty shouts and red cards for both sides as the match ended 10-a-side.
The biggest bone of contention was the 69th-minute sending off of Dolphins defender Oliver for an alleged headbutt on Smith after the rivals had squared up following a crunching tackle.
Smith snatched his body back and clutched his face before Weymouth referee Robert Dabbs, who issued a total of six yellow and two red cards, consulted with his assistant and sent a perplexed Oliver from the pitch.
It is understood Tatnam officials will submit video evidence in an attempt to clear Oliver’s name and, although Killick branded his player “naïve” for getting embroiled in the incident, the Poole boss felt Smith had been disingenuous during the altercation.
Killick told the Daily Echo: “It looked like one of those juvenile situations where they rest foreheads but invariably when someone falls over the other player gets a red card.
“I thought the linesman was a bit naïve in his interpretation of the situation because I felt their player fell over when he didn’t need to. He (Smith) instigated the head-to-head then hit the floor.
“They (Burnham) were probably pleased because he made the most of the situation but Oli was naïve to get involved because he needlessly put himself at risk.”
However, Dolphins’ fourth red card in 10 competitive matches this season has handed Killick an unwanted selection headache as suspensions take their toll.
He added: “We were without Carl Pettefer through injury and, with two players suspended (Steve Devlin and Dan Cann), the consequences have started coming home to roost.
“I haven't been too harsh on individuals because they were all one-off situations but we’ve had a chat with the players because it has affected us.”
Dolphins endured a torrid first half as Burnham snapped into tackles and moved the ball with purpose while the rattled hosts lacked tempo and their usual composure.
Poole survived an early penalty shout when returning goalkeeper Nick Hutchings appeared to catch livewire Ryan Blake just inside the area but Dolphins weathered the storm.
Despite Oliver’s dismissal, the 10 men grew in confidence but offered little in attack before Burnham’s Ryan Upward was dismissed with six minutes to go for swinging a flailing arm at Carl Preston.
On the match, Killick added: “We were much better defensively but, for the first time this season, we looked very inept in our attacking play and it was an insipid performance.
“But, to be fair to them, we came up against a very energetic team who had a good day and that was a contributory factor.”
In response to Killick’s comments, Burnham boss Martin Stone said: “We felt their guy went down easily for our red card and I daresay they would see that differently. That’s football.
“Tom Killick is entitled to his opinion but I thought we were probably the better team and deserved to win.”
Dolphins: Hutchings, Clarke, Spetch, Oliver, Whisken, Cummings (Elliott, 59), Davies (Byerley, 72), Brooks, Gillespie, Preston, Cane. Unused subs: Rowe, Pettefer, Thomas.
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