Co­ley’s games­man­ship com­plaint

Accrington Observer - - SPORT -

JOHN Cole­man felt both of the goals con­ceded against Lu­ton Town were avoid­able – and felt his side were the vic­tims of games­man­ship for the Hat­ters’ sec­ond, from the penalty spot.

“The first goal is a poor goal from our point of view, it could be a foul on Jor­dan (Thorni­ley) but he’s got to make sure the man doesn’t get a free run to get the cross in and un­for­tu­nately he did,” said Cole­man.

“Janoi is ab­so­lutely dev­as­tated (for the sec­ond goal) be­cause he’s stopped, he stepped out of the way of the lad. If he’s ran into him, he’s ran into him, you can say the lad’s be­ing clever or the lad’s cheat­ing, un­for­tu­nately the ref­eree’s fallen for it.

“I think one of the things is to win penal­ties and there’s a dif­fer­ence be­tween get­ting a penalty and win­ning a penalty.

“To win a penalty you’ve maybe got to be pre­pared to get your­self hurt, so you’ve got to cut across the man and be pre­pared for him to tram­ple down your back and over your head. I did it with­out blink­ing when I was play­ing, maybe I was daft, I won loads of penal­ties.

“Our play­ers don’t do that, our play­ers don’t dive, and con­se­quently be­cause they don’t dive, some­times they don’t get the re­wards that oth­ers teams get.”

Gra­ham Ire­land dur­ing ‘Cy­cle the Alps’

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