Penalty call has Danny boil­ing over

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Michael Hale

CHESTER­FIELD boss Danny Wil­son was left in­fu­ri­ated af­ter a “stone-wall penalty” wasn’t given, as his side failed to score their first goal of 2017.

Mark Mar­shall and Jordy Hi­wula net­ted firsthalf ef­forts for Brad­ford, while ref­eree Trevor Ket­tle was un­moved when Nathaniel Knight-Per­ci­val seemed to bring down Ched Evans in the box af­ter the break.

“It’s a stone-wall penalty,” stormed Wil­son. “It is a red card, there’s no doubt about it the boy should be off.

“The ref­eree said he went down too eas­ily. How the hell can that not be a penalty and not be a red card?

“But it’s game man­age­ment. We’ve said so many times – de­ci­sion­mak­ing is vi­tal. We had 30 or 40 yards of room and still wanted to play one-touch foot­ball.

“We lose the ball and then they score, it’s crim­i­nal.”

The Ban­tams took the lead against the run of play as Mar­shall was al­lowed too much time and fired into the bot­tom cor­ner be­fore striker Evans hit the post for the vis­i­tors.

Poor de­fend­ing was the Spire­ites’ un­do­ing as Josh Cullen teed up Hi­wula to dou­ble the lead while the de­nied penalty shout seemed to take wind out of Chester­field’s sails.

And Brad­ford boss Stu­art Mc­Call was full of praise for the op­po­si­tion, es­pe­cially ru­moured Ban­tams trans­fer tar­get Evans.

He said: “We strug­gled in the sec­ond half and we got sloppy but we’ve got to give Chester­field credit be­cause they pushed us all the way.

“I thought play­ing as a lone striker he (Evans) gave our de­fend­ers a real hard time be­cause of his phys­i­cal strength and every­thing about him.”

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