Football: Airbus manager Craig Harrison slams Giovanni Feliciello after red card leads to loss at Port Talbot
Port Talbot 2 Airbus 0
FRUSTRATED Airbus manager Craig Harrison watched on in despair as his side imploded late on to ruin an otherwise ‘perfect’ away performance and go 13 games in all competitions without a win.
The visitors held Port Talbot and were looking good for a point, until defender Giovanni Feliciello received his marching orders in 74th minute for a reckless second yellow card.
Harrison, who believed the sending off proved a major turning point, slammed the defender.
“The red card changed the game and I have no complaints about it,” he said.
“You can’t take a chance on a yellow card and Gio has let us all down.
“We had to bring a smaller player on and they scored from a set play, where Gio, as one of our better headers of the ball, would’ve been. After that we were chasing the game.”
Liam McCreesh scored that goal at the far post on 78 minutes before Martin Rose completed the scoring three minutes from time, converting from close range.
And all this despite the fact that goalkeeper Kristian Rogers was rarely tested on his return to the GenQuip Stadium.
Harrison said: “It was a poor game and had 0-0 written all over it.
“We produced a battling performance, defended well and in many ways it was the perfect away performance.
“It’s disappointing as I think that if we’d have took our chances at 0-0 and with 11 men on the pitch it would’ve been a different story.”
Having made the early running for a top-six place in the January split, Airbus are now in danger of spending the latter half of the season battling against relegation.
Tomorrow night brings Bangor City to the Airfield (7.30pm ko) after they equalled the British record for consecutive wins since the start of the season, 13, which they share with Reading’s squad of 1985-6
“They are in a fantastic vein of form.” said Harrison.
“But it’s win-win for us as everyone is expecting us to get beat.
“We’ve got some good players in our side and we will try our best to frustrate them and have a go at them.
“We’re sensible and know that Bangor have put quite a few goals past us in recent visits and so we will have to be tactically aware.
“But we certainly won’t be just parking the bus in front of the goal, as Jose Mourinho says!”