John Coleman admitted he had never seen anything like Billy Kee’s disallowed goal after the 0-0 draw at promotion-rivals AFC Wimbledon.
Kee fired the ball into the back of the net but, as he hit it, referee Trevor Kettle blew for half-time and the ‘goal’ didn’t stand.
Coleman was furious and, to add to that, Ross Etheridge was sent off on 86 minutes for handling the ball outside the area – although the keeper insisted he was on the line.
The Reds dominated the game but did also survive a scare when Connor Smith hit the post for the Dons.
“There is not a lot I can say,” said Coleman. “It was comical. I have never seen that in my 46 years of competitive football as a player and a manager.
“I thought the ref had blown his whistle as the ball was going into the net, the ref said he had blown it beforehand. I hope I will be proved wrong on the replays but I think everyone in the ground was flabbergasted.
“Referee’s do make mistakes, they are only human, and that’s what makes football so special – there are talking points and arguments.
“As for the sending off, Ross was adamant his hand was in the box when he touched the ball. The fact is took so long to make the decision, and the fact the linesman wasn’t in line with it when he gave it, means it could be guessing and you shouldn’t give it if you are guessing. We will look at the replays and, if it is in the box, appeal it.
“They, though, are a good team. They have four of the best forwards in the league at their disposal and we kept a clean sheet, they haven’t really threatened our goal.
“It was a great performance by us. We stuck to our principles and we showed determination, ability, appetite and passion in our performance and if we show the same in every game, we will be promoted.”
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