Hand ball rumpus puts Cook in a mood
MANSFIELD first team coach Micky Moore blamed poor refereeing for the Stags defeat at Adams Park yesterday, despite the visitors taking an early lead.
Matt Rhead headed home after just four minutes but a tight handball call near the edge of the area gifted Paul Hayes a penalty before Peter Murphy stole all three points in the second half.
Stags boss Paul Cox was sent to the stands in injury time and Moore said the manager was too emotionally-charged to carry out his post-match duties.
“Paul’s emotions were high after the defeat, and more at the decisions than the players it has to be said,” said Moore.
“He was frustrated that we were losing at the end, he’s kicked a water bottle and the referee has sent him off. It wasn’t aimed at him so I don’t understand that one.
“The penalty was controversial. We didn’t think it was even handball let alone that it was three or four yards outside the box. To get decisions like that is really frustrating.
“The reaction from not just our players and bench but theirs too shows that it was probably a wrong one.”
Despite the defeat Mansfield were by far the better side early on and Rakish Bingham twice tested Matt Ingram in the opening exchanges.
But the travelling support didn’t have to wait long for the opener as Rhead met Adam Murray’s fourth-minute corner to head home unchallenged.
Wycombe, looking for the first goal in three, were back level on the half-hour mark when Hayes tucked his penalty away after Martin Riley was adjudged to have handled in the area.
That sparked the home side into life but they had to wait until late to secure the win.
Murphy converted from close-range after Hayes’ delightful cushioned header went across goal.
Wycombe boss Gareth Ainsworth was delighted with the turnaround in performance after a poor opening.
And he pointed specifically to the young centre-half pairing of Alfie Mawson and Aaron Pierre. “It’s great to see a young side learn from that experience and solve the problems in the 90 minutes,” said Ainsworth.
“Mawson and Pierre at the back were together in Brentford’s youth team two and half years ago so they’ve done great to be performing like this in our first team.
“The disappointing thing for me was that first 20 minutes.
“We were out-fought and out-played during that period.
“It’s great to turn it around but I had to remind the boys how poor they were at the start during half-time.”
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