Cambridge United manager Richard Money launched a furious attack on former club Pompey after accusing the visitors of ‘doing a number’ on the U’s by getting his captain Mark Roberts sent off at half-time in their 3-1 defeat.
Money, who enjoyed a two-year playing spell at Fratton Park in the 1980s, rounded on Blues assistant boss Leam Richardson – who was sent to the stands for his part in a heated altercation – goalkeeper Aaron McCarey and defender Christian Burgess after a game-defining incident.
They’ve done a number on us at half-time walking off the pitch.Cambridge boss Richard Money
The visiting trio all took umbrage with Roberts while leaving the field of play at the interval on Saturday.
Money said: ‘It was a game of the half-time interval. The red card obviously made such a difference.
‘I’ve watched the incident and Roberts’ guilt is that he’s got himself involved in something.
‘Why on earth he wants to be there, the good Lord only knows.
‘He’s been grabbed around the throat by the assistant, who he gets off.
‘And then he’s grabbed from behind by the goalkeeper, who he pushes off and who then falls to the floor.
‘And then Burgess comes in and takes umbrage.
‘He’s done nothing to warrant a red card.
‘They’ve done a number on us at half-time walking off the pitch.’
With Cambridge leading the game 1-0 prior to Roberts’ dismissal, Money believes Richardson’s actions were pre-meditated to give the Blues the best chance of a win.
And it left the enraged 59-year-old questioning his place within the game.
‘When you see the assistant manager running behind the goal at the end and punching the air with his fists, then I think that pretty much tells you,’ said Money.
‘Pompey are a massive club, a great club.
‘They are a good team and play lovely football.
‘But if that is what it takes to win football games or turn football games then it’s time for me to pack in.’