KARL Robinson was left fuming at a refereeing decision that didn’t go his way in the defeat to Preston North End on Saturday.
Having picked up a booking earlier in the game for a similar offence, John McCombe appeared to pull back Charlie MacDonald as he raced through on goal in search of the equaliser at stadium:mk. But much to the amazement of the 8,009 in attendance, referee Andre Marriner did not book McCombe for a second time.
“The referee bottled it because he had just been booked,” Robinson said afterwards. “He’s four yards away and everyone in the stadium knows Charlie got pulled.
“He wasn’t trying to get him sent off because he’s not that type of character - it was a blatant free-kick and a blatant booking which meant he should have gone off the field.”
But Robinson wasn’t making excuses for his side as they failed to create enough clear-cut opportunities, despite having most of the possession in the second half.
He said: “It was just one of those days where it wouldn’t bounce in, but that’s life and we’ve got to get on with it because we can’t change the result. I don’t think the players left anything out on the pitch because they’ve come off physically exhausted.
“Teams come here knowing a point is a good result so when they go 1-0 up that makes it 10 times worse and we let them do that through some sloppy play. Then it was a case of backs against the wall their back four, who defended fantastically to give them credit.”
For a gallery of photos from the game, click here. Pictures by David Langfield.