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

Marcus Browne received a red card against Walsall. (Photo by James Williamson – AMA/Getty Images)

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.

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