Coley’s gamesmanship complaint
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’