John­son fumes at of­fi­cials in stale­mate

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Jon Palmer

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.

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