Port Vale manager John Askey was disappointed with match referee Peter Wright during the 1-1 home draw with Stevenage at the weekend.
Wright gave Stevenage a controversial penalty for a shirt pull allowing them to draw level but turned down a Vale appeal for a similar offence later in the game.
I don’t like to go on about decisions but it was obviously a blatant penalty towards the end on Tom Pope….
Askey told the media: “I think this time last year we would probably have lost it, but we went 1-0 up and then the referee has given a dodgy decision. I don’t mind him giving decisions like that so long as he gives it to us as well.
“I don’t like to go on about decisions but it was obviously a blatant penalty towards the end on Tom Pope. So, they can dictate the outcome of games and it was at that stage of the game where we were 1-0 up and you are thinking we had been doing okay, we’d had one or two spells of playing some good football.
“I thought the goal we scored was a great goal so I am just disappointed really because it threw us off. We started moaning about the referee and getting too embroiled with the referee and then you lose a bit of momentum. So, it came at a bad time.”
“Adam has lost his man and then he’s had a slight tug. But obviously the referee has seen it and given it. It’s fair enough to do that but, if you are going to do that, you have to do it at both ends haven’t you? He didn’t. But I thought more than one or two decisions were poor. But I have had him before and every time I’ve had him there have been problems.”