Lowe stunned by late penalty decision

MK Dons 2-1 Plymouth Argyle

Tuesday, 16th March 2021, 11:39 pm
Updated Tuesday, 16th March 2021, 11:40 pm
Plymouth protest the late penalty decision from Sebastian Stockbridge

Plymouth boss Ryan Lowe said only the referee knows why he awarded MK Dons a late penalty at Stadium MK on Tuesday night.

Ben Gladwin's cross was adjudged to have struck Argyle captain Joe Edwards' arm in the box in the 88th minute with the game poised at 1-1, and Scott Fraser fired in from 12-yards to secure back-to-back wins for Dons.

But it meant Lowe's side would suffer a fifth straight loss - a stat he does not feel fairly reflected their showing at Stadium MK.

"To be done by that decision is poor and is one only the referee can answer," said Lowe, who scored 12 goals for Dons in 2012/13. "Watching it back, Joe's back is turned and his arms are tucked in. I'm not going to make excuses and blame the officials, but it's cost us a point which would have galvanised us to go again on Saturday.

"I thought the game plan was nearly executed. We're on a bad run, we knew coming to MK Dons they'd have large parts of the ball. I thought our shape was good, and we should have been 2-0 up in the first half.

"It's tough at the moment, the lads are down, but we all deserved better today.