Davis left fum­ing by ‘ghost’ penalty

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Alex Brodie

CREWE boss Steve Davis slammed the ref­eree for “in­vent­ing” a penalty that al­most cost his rel­e­ga­tion-threat­ened side a point at The Den.

Christo­pher Ka­vanagh awarded three spot-kicks in the se­cond half, with Brad In­man putting Crewe ahead be­fore Lee Gre­gory equalised for Mill­wall and then missed from 12 yards in the dy­ing min­utes.

Davis felt that, had it not been for Ka­vanagh’s in­ter­ven­tions, his side could be bet­ter off than six points from safety.

“We de­served a point at least. It could have been a lot worse with the two de­ci­sions the ref­eree has given against us,” he said.

“We weren’t given an op­por­tu­nity to de­fend our lead be­cause of the de­ci­sion, which is dis­ap­point­ing.

“I’ve watched it back and there is noth­ing there for their first penalty. I don’t know what he’s in­vented, but he’s seen some­thing that no­body else has. The se­cond one wasn’t a hand­ball ei­ther.

“I wasn’t sure ours was a penalty. It might have been out­side [the area], but the ball went a long way so it wasn’t a red card. That’s prob­a­bly the only de­ci­sion I was happy with.”

Ben Garratt was the star of the first half as the Crewe keeper frus­trated Mill­wall, most no­tably Ai­den O’Brien and Gre­gory. Ge­orge Cooper found space on the edge of the area for Crewe, but curled an ef­fort just past the post. Lions keeper Jor­dan Archer then made an ex­cel­lent save when James Jones fired in from the edge of the area. And Gre­gory broke clear and drilled a ball in, but Jed Wal­lace put it over at the back post.

Wal­lace blasted over af­ter show­ing neat foot­work in­side a crowded area be­fore the penal­ties ar­rived.

Cooper was brought down by Archer, though there ap­peared to be min­i­mal con­tact, and five min­utes later Mill­wall de­fender By­ron Web­ster was ad­judged to have been fouled be­fore the third penalty was awarded, for a de­bat­able hand­ball.

Mill­wall boss Neil Har­ris was left to rue Gre­gory hit­ting the post with his se­cond penalty. “I am frus­trated be­cause when you get a penalty with a cou­ple of min­utes to go, you fancy him to put it in,” he said.

“We’re def­i­nitely dis­ap­pointed not to win, but it could be a good point gained.

“The calm­ness of Lee to equalise was im­pres­sive. It’s just a shame that the se­cond one didn’t go in. He feels like he’s let the boys down, but that isn’t the case.

“At key mo­ments, we didn’t have that qual­ity in the fi­nal third.

“Our first penalty looked like a push in the back. I couldn't see the se­cond one.”

STAR MAN BEN GARRA

TT Crewe

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