Loizou unhappy with the ref as Haringey Borough put away Bury with ease
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Haringey Borough kept their Ryman League Division One North play-off hopes well and truly alive with a convincing 3-0 win over Bury Town.
At a well-attended Coles Park, Haringey went 2-0 up early on courtesy of two goals in three minutes from Scott Durojaiye.
Chris Benjamin added a third at the beginning of the second half, rounding off an impressive attacking performance from Tom Loizou’s team.
But while the Boro boss was delighted with the performance of his players, he was less-enamoured with some of the referee’s decisions.
The game was marred by an incident late in the game as Bury’s Bradley Barber appeared to stamp on Borough’s Dan Aristidou.
It went unpunished, and sparked a small scuffle between players of the two sides, before being resolved with a drop-ball.
“He [Barber] was on the referee’s radar for the whole game, and he got away with a lot,” Loizou told Ham & High Sport.
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“In general, a lot of the decisions went their way, and when they gave us nudges here and there we didn’t get anything. It’s been the same all season.
“We’ve got big, powerful players and we don’t tend to milk it as much as the opposition. That’s maybe a part of our game that we have to learn, but I don’t like it.
“The game was easier than expected, mainly because of the way the players conducted themselves, and the way they set themselves upon the opposition. When they turn up and they’re up for it, we get those results.
“Bury have been a bit of a bogey team for us – the last time they were here they went 3-0 up before half-time. We know they’re dangerous, and we made sure we did a job on them today.”
Durojaiye’s two goals were his first for the club this season, and his performance stood out for the manager.
“He’d been getting a bit of stick from the other players over the past few weeks because he hadn’t scored yet – he got two today and was unlucky not to get a third,” said Loizou.
“He left us at the start of the season but has come back and is finding his fitness and momentum. He’s a key player in our team now.”
The result was made even more impressive by the fact that it was achieved without Ali Setirekli and Ralston Gabriel, two of the club’s star performers this season.
Loizou said: “Ali’s injured, and Ralston is away on holiday and will miss two games. Adrian Markus and Ross Dedman are both out as well, so we still have a few problems with injuries.”
Another player who has had injury problems this season is Chris Benjamin, and he was impressive against Bury, getting himself a goal and creating multiple chances for his team-mates.
“His injuries have held him back this season,” added the boss. “But he’s scored some important goals for us, and he scored a very good one today. He’s a poacher – if you have a look at the amount of games he’s played, and the amount of goals he’s scored, he’s probably the best finisher at the club.”
The result leaves Borough in seventh, just two points off Bowers & Pitsea in the table.
Haringey travel to Heybridge Swifts on Saturday, before hosting Greenwich Borough in the London County Cup on March 13.