Johnson fumes at officials in stalemate
CHELTENHAM manager Gary Johnson blasted the match officials following this stalemate with play-off chasing Mansfield.
A furious Johnson was sent to the stand in the first half for the way he reacted to Kyle Storer’s straight red card for a challenge on Jamie McGuire in the 18th minute.
“It happened right in front of us and I won’t call them assistant referees as he didn’t assist in that situation at all,” Johnson said.
“I am going to call him a linesman as that’s all he did, put his flag up and down on the line. He could easily have assisted there and I asked him nicely as it was a block tackle with no malice from his angle, he saw it and said ‘don’t worry, he knows’.
“All of a sudden the lad (McGuire) stays down and he gets the red card out, the minute he does the lad gets back up.
“Both lads went in hard, but it was a block tackle and the linesman decided I was overzealous with him, but we will be appealing the decision as it was never a red card.”
Mansfield boss Steve Evans felt Storer deserved to be sent off, just as he felt Cheltenham left wing-back Liam Davis should also have seen red for a challenge on Ben Whiteman in the 59th minute.
“It looked a shocking, horrendous challenge and the boy (Storer) was high and late,” Evans said.
“He was well off the ground but I’d need to look back at it.
“Davis’ challenge was definitely a red card. The referee had already shown one and was probably hesitant to show a second. I thought the officials were good other than that one challenge.
“He needs to look at that, it was a shocking challenge, it breaks people’s legs that. In fairness to the Cheltenham player, maybe the pitch played a part.
“It was the most one-sided 0-0 I have ever seen. That’s why you saw mass celebrations at a 0-0.” Cheltenham were under heavy pressure early on but they seemed to lift their game after losing Storer and home goalkeeper Scott Brown was not seriously tested despite the Stags’ territorial advantage.
Will Boyle reached a long throw from Daniel O’Shaughnessy in the 50th minute, but Lee Collins made an important intervention.
Davis’ corner curled against the bar with Scott Shearer nearly caught out a minute later as Cheltenham battled well.
Ben Whiteman and Collins shot wide while substitute Shaquile Coulthirst had Mansfield’s best chance but fired over at the death.