Daniel Powell ‘too honest’ in Dons penalty debate

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SHOULD Daniel Powell have gone down to win his side a second penalty against Sheffield Wednesday?

Pictured is the incident involving Powell and Wednesday captain Ryan Taylor as the Dons man raced through on goal during the home side’s 2-0 FA Cup third round replay win on Tuesday night.

The winger was clearly clipped by Taylor inside the penalty area after being played clean through by Ryan Lowe.

But having been booked for diving against Bury on Saturday, Powell stayed on his feet, shooting tamely into the hands of Wednesday goalkeeper Stephen Bywater while off balance.

An incensed Dons bench rushed over to the fourth official to plead for a second spot-kick of the game, but the man in the middle, referee Lee Collins, waved play on.

The incident came shortly after Dean Bowditch was hauled back by Lewis Buxton in the area, with Shaun Williams dispatching the penalty to give Dons the lead.

After the game, Dons boss Karl Robinson warned that he could tell his players to go to ground if they feel that they’ve been touched in future.

“I’ll make a stand on this because I think it’s disgusting,” he said. “Footballers get hammered every week for diving. Officials and media criticise them for going to ground.

“But when they don’t go to ground, they don’t get the justice. So what am I to say to him next time? Stay on your feet, shoot off balance? Or go to ground, win the penalty, get the lad sent off and put us in the ascendency? Is that cheating?

“I’m sick of everyone trying to take this moral high-ground. Go to ground if you get clipped. That’s what I’m going to tell him from now on.

“Ironically, he got booked for diving against Bury. What’s the kid meant to do? He’s probably the most honest player in the squad, and he’s getting penalised for it.

“If the referee thinks he’s made a mistake, I can accept it. But if he thinks he’s made the right decision, then he has an awful lot of learning to do because that’s a bad decision.”

Pictures by Colin Bridges.