INCE DE­MANDS REF APOL­OGY

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The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Ian Baker

PAUL Ince claimed ref­eree Craig Paw­son cost his rel­e­ga­tion­threat­ened Black­pool side all three points af­ter Isa­iah Os­bourne was sent off on the hour in their draw at Not­ting­ham For­est.

The Seasiders mid­fielder was harshly ad­judged to have lunged at Greg Hal­ford with the vis­i­tors ahead courtesy of a Lu­dovic Sylvestre strike.

But Os­bourne’s dis­missal made life dif­fi­cult for Black­pool and sub Lewis McGugan scored a penalty nine min­utes from time to en­sure he scored for the sixth game run­ning.

“We were robbed, to­tally robbed,” said Ince. “It was a poor de­ci­sion. I un­der­stand the ref­er­ees have got hard de­ci­sions to make but you have to get those de­ci­sions right.

“It was not a two-footed chal­lenge and I think up un­til then we were com­fort­able. It looked like For­est had run out of ideas. Our play­ers felt it was un­jus­ti­fied, it was a shame as it was a good game.

“The ref­eree gave them a life­line. There should be a rule that says ref­er­ees should make the right de­ci­sions and be ac­count­able.

“It’s so im­por­tant, we want ref­er­ees to say when they have made a mis­take. I’ve seen a re­play of the in­ci­dent. He did not even say to my face he had got it wrong.

“He knows where I work, I want an apol­ogy. It’s mad­ness, the big­gest de­ci­sions cost games. We ex­pect it to be over­turned on ap­peal. We’re dis­ap­pointed as we should be cel­e­brat­ing three points.”

The Seasiders had looked a threat on the break and Nathan Delfouneso was only de­nied by the cross­bar af­ter curl­ing a beau­ti­ful ef­fort from the edge of the area in the first half.

On 27 min­utes Sylvestre grabbed his third goal of the sea­son when he picked up the ball on the left-hand edge of the area and un­leashed an ef­fort into the far cor­ner.

The hosts were then given a help­ing hand when Os­bourne was bizarrely dis­missed.

McGugan has had an im­pact in ev­ery game he has come on as sub un­der For­est boss Billy Davies – and did yet again. He nearly scored with his first touch from Ad­lene Gue­dioura’s cross but Gilks kept the ef­fort out be­fore he missed the tar­get sec­onds later.

Simon Cox has not scored in all of 2013 but came within a whisker of a lev­eller when Gilks de­nied him but was then brought down by Chris Basham from the re­bound. Paw­son had no hes­i­ta­tion in point­ing to the spot and McGugan con­fi­dently fin­ished to en­sure For­est have still not lost in ten un­der Davies.

But Black­pool did well to hold on to a point de­spite the mo­men­tum swing and seven min­utes of added time, although they are now only four points above the drop zone.

For­est re­main in fifth and Davies said: “I haven’t seen the send­ing off so I can’t com­ment. If you look at their for­ma­tion, it would have made no dif­fer­ence. We had over 80 per cent pos­ses­sion.

“We were pedes­trian in the first half but in the sec­ond half we were much bet­ter and they had no shots on goal. They came for a point and got it. The point for us felt like a de­feat. We’re in a great po­si­tion, it won’t be pretty and it’s great credit to them that teams are coming to the City Ground to sit in.

“We need to be a bit more pa­tient, our crosses have to be bet­ter. We need to keep our qual­ity in the fi­nal third. We just have to be more pa­tient. Sec­ond half we prob­a­bly should have scored a win­ning goal.”

NO WAY: Isa­iah Os­bourne is given a straight red for a foul on Greg Hal­ford

SWEET AS A NUT: Lu­dovic Sylvestre opens the scor­ing for Black­pool

PIC­TURES: Me­dia Im­age

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