Referee is rapped by incensed Pressley
FLEETWOOD boss Steven Pressley slammed referee Carl Boyeson after claiming he told goalkeeper Chris Maxwell that it was ‘his own fault’ for having an object thrown at him from the crowd.
Boyeson awarded a stoppage-time penalty to the Blades, minutes after sending off Fleetwood substitute Nick Haughton, which Che Adams slotted home to seal a point for the Yorkshire outfit.
However, controversy set in moments before the penalty – leading to the alleged response from referee Boyeson.
A furious Pressley said: “Our goalkeeper was hit with an object in the last minute of the game and he has a cut above his eye. The response from the referee to Chris was that it was his own fault.
“You cannot condone any type of comment from any official like that.We will make sure we will report that type of comment to the appropriate governing body.
“It is completely unacceptable and the referee’s comments were not heard just by Chris Maxwell, his comments were heard by another witness.
“It could have taken his eye out.”
After a slow start at Highbury Stadium, the contest sprang into life just before the half-hour mark with two goals in 80 seconds.
United, who had lost their last two league games, took the lead through Matty Done as his cross deflected off defender Marcus Nilsson.
Seconds later, striker Ashley Hunter directed a bullet header from pointblank range after a perfect delivery from Victor Nirennold.
By the hour mark, Fleetwood were on track for their third win in seven days, as Nilsson turned from villain to hero by heading home Jimmy Ryan’s free-kick.
But all the drama came in the final ten minutes, as Fleetwood sub Haughton was dismissed for two quick-fire yellow cards. And then a stoppagetime foul from Amari’i Bell on Ryan Flynn led to the Blades’ penalty, which was coolly converted by Adams.
The Blades could then have nicked it through John Brayford, but Boyeson ruled Maxwell was fouled in the buildup – leaving another manager fuming.
“We’ve dominated the game, we’ve responded really well, created plenty of chances,” said Nigel Adkins. “Saying that, the two goals we conceded were shocking, just simple balls from out wide. But we’ve played some good football; we’ve had two cleared off the line.
“John Brayford’s goal at the end is a clear goal and the referee gives a freekick and it’s not. It’s annoying because we’ve played some good football, created lots of chances and only come away with a point.”
STAR MAN ASHLEY HUNTE