Hurst left fum­ing as ref costs the Shrews

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Daniel Shel­don

SHREWS­BURY boss Paul Hurst be­moaned the lack of phys­i­cal­ity al­lowed in mod­ern-day foot­ball af­ter his side fought back to earn a point at Swin­don.

Both teams were re­duced to ten men in the sec­ond half and Hurst was crit­i­cal of ref­eree Nigel Miller’s de­ci­sion to send Aris­tote Nsiala off on his de­but, let alone award the penalty.

He said: “For me, Nsiala wins the ball.

“They’ve said it’s twofooted but I’ve seen the chal­lenge back and it’s never two-footed. He wins the ball you can see that from where the ball goes.

“These days it’s like you can’t tackle. A lot of the game felt like an academy game, you couldn’t touch any­one. I thought foot­ball was a man’s game.”

On his side’s goal, which was con­tro­ver­sially awarded by the lines­man af­ter Mat Sadler’s header hit the un­der­side of the bar be­fore bounc­ing down into the goal, Hurst added:

“The keeper (Lawrence Vigouroux) is say­ing it’s not over the line and I would have good eye­sight from where I was stood but it seemed as though it bounced over the line.

“But again, he (Vigouroux) was closer than me so he might have a point but my ini­tial thought was that it went in.”

Shrews­bury suf­fered a dou­ble-blow when Nsiala was sent off in the 52nd minute for his foul on Luke Nor­ris in the box.

Swin­don’s John God­dard stepped up to fire his penalty past Jayson Leutwiler, who had guessed the right way but was beaten by the power of the shot.

The home side were then re­duced to ten men in the 70th minute af­ter James Bro­phy picked up his sec­ond yel­low card for a chal­lenge on Fred­die La­pado.

Shrews­bury’s Sadler headed the equaliser ten min­utes later to en­sure his side didn’t slump to a fourth con­sec­u­tive de­feat.

Af­ter his team threw away three points, Robins head coach Luke Wil­liams, said: “We seemed to play with­out in­tel­li­gence. The bot­tom line is pres­sure.

“I think the play­ers are feel­ing the pres­sure and that is af­fect­ing their de­ci­sion-mak­ing.

“It was a bad de­ci­sion (Bro­phy’s chal­lenge) in the heat of the mo­ment and it cost us.

“Be­ing booed off at half-time and booed off at the end is be­com­ing nor­mal, we live that con­stantly.

“I am not here to crit­i­cise the crowd but it can af­fect the de­ci­sions you make if you are con­stantly be­ing booed and ha­rassed. But that is part and par­cel of the job we do.”

STAR MAN MAT SADLER Shrews­bury Tn

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