Man­agers agree: The ref stole the show

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Sam To­bin

SHREWSBURY boss Micky Mel­lon felt let down by the stan­dard of ref­er­ee­ing, de­spite see­ing his side bat­tle back to a hard-fought-draw at Kingsmeadow.

The Dons led af­ter six min­utes when the im­pres­sive Lyle Tay­lor won a cor­ner, be­fore los­ing his marker to meet a low de­liv­ery with a fierce shot past Jayson Leutwiler.

Shrewsbury equalised within 90 sec­onds of the restart, when Ian Black was given too much space to fire be­yond James Shea from 25 yards.

The vis­i­tors were re­duced to ten men late on when Ivan Toney was shown a sec­ond yel­low, but they clung on for a well-de­served point.

“In the first half we were poor,” Mel­lon said. “We weren’t any­where near what we want to do here.

“In the sec­ond half we made a cou­ple of changes and they sparked us. Prob­a­bly, be­fore we went down to ten men, we find our­selves a wee bit un­for­tu­nate not to go and nick that win­ner.

“But it’s a hard-earned point, it’s al­ways a tough place to come and we will ac­cept a point.

“I don’t want to get in trou­ble, be­cause I don’t de­serve to get in trou­ble for some­body else’s per­for­mance. Some of the de­ci­sions – I had even the Wim­ble­don fans be­hind me laugh­ing!

“I’m not here as a com­plain­ing man­ager that we’re not happy with the re­sult, I’m just say­ing let’s get bet­ter.

“We don’t need the most in­flu­en­tial per­son on the pitch not to be one of the play­ers.”

Dons boss Neal Ard­ley com­mended his side’s work rate, but was ul­ti­mately frus­trated that they were un­able to con­vert long pe­ri­ods of dom­i­nance into vic­tory.

“I was pleased with the ef­fort and the tac­ti­cal part of our game, as we worked hard on it, but I’m dis­ap­pointed that we haven’t quite man­aged to win the game,” Ard­ley said.

“We’ve got to im­prove and I keep telling the play­ers that.

“This sea­son I feel we have to do a lot more work on the train­ing field. Teams are bet­ter and they’ve got bet­ter play­ers and if you don’t get it right tac­ti­cally they find spa­ces and they pun­ish you.

“We did go brave, we went with three for­wards against the back three, and I thought tac­ti­cally we got it right.

“I thought the ref­eree strug­gled.

“You’ve got to be care­ful what you say, he strug­gled for both teams.

“I think there were a lot of in­con­sis­ten­cies – un­for­tu­nately at this level you get th­ese in­con­sis­ten­cies a lot of the time.”


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