Edinburgh’s fury at ref over penalty
NEWPORT County AFC manager Justin Edinburgh launched a blistering attack on referee Kevin Johnson after his side were denied victory over Tamworth by a hotly-disputed stoppage-time penalty.
Edinburgh was left seething after Johnson pointed to the spot when Kyle Perry hit the deck after minimal contact from David Pipe and Byron Anthony.
Adam Cunnington sent substitute goalkeeper Alan Julian the wrong way to seal a point for the Lambs and land another hammer blow on County’s promotion hopes.
Edinburgh’s men were 2-0 up with 20 minutes remaining thanks to first half strikes from debutant Scott Donnelly and defender Byron Anthony.
But former England international Lee Hendrie pulled one back for the visitors via a big deflection on 73 minutes before the dramatic conclusion.
“It wasn’t a penalty,” said the furious Exiles boss. “I’ve watched it on the DVD several times and the explanation that the referee gave me doesn’t relate to what went on on the pitch.
“He said our player was all over their player and later he told me it was a coming together but it’s very easy to change your story after 30 minutes when you’ve had a chat with your two linesmen and your assessors.
“He changed his description of the incident from when I confronted him on the pitch to when I spoke to him in his dressing room.
“That tells me that he doesn’t know what he’s seen and he’s guessed. You can’t guess. And he’s guessed wrong and cost us the win.
“Some of his decisions second half were woeful.
“Not one Tamworth player called for a penalty,” he added.
“The boy is on the floor before the ball is even in the box. David Pipe and Byron Anthony go up for the ball and he falls over. There are no hands up, no coming together.
“He’s taken the victory away from us but I’m not really interested in what he says and I wouldn’t even want him to ring me because I know he’s wrong, but he’ll never admit that.”
County dropped to fifth place in the Blue Square Bet Premier and host sixth-place Mansfield Town, who won 8-1 on Saturday, at Rodney Parade tomorrow night.
“There are a lot of things that went against us but we’ve got to take the positives,” said Edinburgh.
“One goal was a deflection and the other’s a penalty that never was so I’m not going to criticise my players for that.
“We hope that it won’t cost us at the end of the season.”