Hill rages at ‘body beau­ti­ful’ ref

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Chris Phillips

ROCHDALE boss Keith Hill blasted ‘body beau­ti­ful’ referee Stephen Martin af­ter claim­ing his de­ci­sion-mak­ing took an ugly turn in the draw at Southend.

The Shrimpers raced into a two goal lead in the first half with David Mooney and Ryan Leonard on tar­get.

But Hill made three changes at the break and that de­ci­sion proved in­spired as Dale went on to se­cure a share of the spoils.

How­ever, that did not lift Hill’s spir­its at the end of the game, as he felt that his side should have had a penalty af­ter Luke Prosser ap­peared to tug at Ian Hen­der­son in the box.

“The penalty Southend got was a re­ally, re­ally soft de­ci­sion and we’ve fallen foul of an­other referee who spends too much time in the gym,” fumed Hill.

“It’s all about body beau­ti­ful rather than get­ting the de­ci­sions right.

“We 100 per cent guar­an­teed should have had a penalty at the end as well. No­body would have ar­gued with it.

“It was a stonewall penalty and he 100 per cent bot­tled it.

“But we also shot our­selves in the foot in the first half, we were aw­ful.

“I was re­ally dis­ap­pointed with that and I’m not best pleased af­ter the match now.”

Southend were on top in the first half and opened the scor­ing in the 39th minute with Mooney fir­ing home a penalty.

The spot-kick was given af­ter goal­keeper Josh Lil­lis brought down Leonard in the box and Mooney made no mis­take with an as­sured ef­fort from 12 yards.

Two min­utes later, Southend dou­bled their lead when Leonard col­lected a pass from Stephen McLaugh­lin be­fore stroking a low, right-footed shot into the bot­tom left hand cor­ner of the net.

Af­ter the break, Shrimpers striker Joe Pig­ott wasted a great chance to make it 3-0 when he fired straight at Lil­lis from 12 yards and Rochdale im­me­di­ately be­gan to take ad­van­tage.

Joe Bun­ney net­ted with a de­flected vol­ley af­ter Southend had failed to clear a cor­ner in the 63rd minute be­fore he came within inches of the lev­eller.

But Rochdale re­mained on top and in the 79th minute Michael Rose curled home a low free-kick from 25 yards.

An­other of the half-time sub­sti­tutes, Calvin An­drew, then raced clean through on goal fol­low­ing an er­ror from Prosser but his ef­fort was well saved by Shrimpers shot-stop­per Daniel Bent­ley.

Dale, who have not won at Roots Hall since 1985, then had strong shouts for a penalty on Hen­der­son waved away.

The vis­i­tors had to make do with a fourth suc­ces­sive draw – but the fact they picked up any points at all in­fu­ri­ated Southend man­ager Phil Brown.

“In the first ten min­utes of the sec­ond half we had two great chances and the game should’ve been put to bed there and then,” said Brown.

“We’ve chucked two points away, just like we did last week and the way we played in the sec­ond half just wasn’t ac­cept­able, it’s as sim­ple as that.

“We started to de­fend deep and I don’t know why we do it.

“It was naive and in­se­cure and we just didn’t do the ba­sics well enough.”

PIC­TURES: Martin Dal­ton

JUMP­ING FOR JOY: Southend went ahead in the first half, only to be pegged back by a re­silient Rochdale side

OVER THE MOON: David Mooney scored from the spot

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