Marcus Browne received the first red card of his professional career in Saturday’s League One clash between Walsall and Oxford United.
Browne, who is on loan at Oxford from West Ham, was dismissed in the relegation six-pointer in League One.
But the U’s went on to win with just 10 men, stretching their cushion to nine points above the relegation zone and piling misery on lowly Walsall.
Marcus Browne at Oxford United
It was Browne’s first red card and it was for a studs-up challenge on Walsall winger Zeli Ismail eight minutes into stoppage-time in the first-half.
Prior to that, the 21-year-old attacking midfielder has been a shining light for Oxford. With eight goals and five assists, Browne has been stirring up excitement at The Kassam Stadium.
After receiving his red card, Browne took to Twitter to apologise to the fans and celebrate the victory.
He said: “I Apologise to my team mates and fans for the red card today. A massive mistake that I will learn from… but on a positive note. I just wanna say a massive well done to the boys for digging deep to get all 3 points & a massive thank you to the fans for your support all game!”
West Ham and Oxford fans both responded with well-wishes to Browne on a difficult afternoon. Here are some of the tweets.
All part of the learning curve Marcus ❤⚒
— Susan Clark (@claretbluesue) April 6, 2019
Forgot today pal. One of those days and anyone who has played the game will understand !!!
In other news …… any chance of your shirt for these 2 Oxford Hammers (season tickets holders from Kidlington)#DontAskDontGet ⚒ pic.twitter.com/niwtsamFqT
— ⚒ Paul McMahon ⚒ (@Macca11Paul) April 6, 2019
Part and parcel of going out gaining an experience, wouldn’t worry to much you’ve been great all season for Oxford, keep up the good work and come back to the hammers for next season⚒
— JOE CRONIN⚒ (@joecronin1999) April 7, 2019
Nicely put mate, and after meeting your mum once before at Blue Cross, it’s no wonder you’d put a class tweet out. Your mum is a saint too #coyi ⚒⚒
— Lewis John The Trout (@RiceLittlePea) April 6, 2019
It’s a big mistake. Pellegrini must give him a real chance to prove him self
— Oleg Guchev (@GuchevOleg) April 6, 2019
Just got to take the opposition winding you up as a massive compliment that they see you as a threat. Head up, chest out, learn from it and move on 👍🏻 takes balls to apologise, a lot wouldn’t, shows your progression 👏🏻👏🏻
— Paul Chapman (@chappers_paul) April 7, 2019
Head up Marcus, enjoy the enforced break and come back stronger for the final run-in! 💛
— Gina Soanes (@GinaSoanes1) April 6, 2019
You should be getting more protection from the ref tbh. Onwards and upwards mate.
— Ian Bishop (@oufcbish) April 7, 2019