Hurst not happy as Yates gets his or­ders

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Richard Latham

SHREWS­BURY boss Paul Hurst be­lieves big de­ci­sions have gone against his League One strug­glers for much of the sea­son.

And the man­ager was left be­moan­ing his luck again as ref­eree Brett Huxtable sent off mid­fielder Ryan Yates for a sec­ond yel­low card on 41 min­utes be­fore award­ing Rovers what ap­peared a soft 54thminute penalty.

Yates had al­ready been booked when slid­ing in late on Rovers goal­keeper Joe Lum­ley as he gath­ered the ball. There didn’t look to be much con­tact, but Rovers de­fender Lee Brown re­acted an­grily and Huxtable reached for his pocket again.

Any hope the ten-man Shrews had of keep­ing a clean sheet dis­ap­peared when Aris­tote Nsiala was judged to have felled Billy Bodin, with the Rovers player fac­ing away from goal.

Bodin got up to ri­fle home the penalty and net­ted again in the clos­ing stages to keep his side’s slim play-off hopes alive.

Hurst said: “Some­times you only have your­selves to blame for de­feats, but here I don’t think there was any­thing we could have done.

“It was taken out of our hands by two big de­ci­sions, both of which were wrong.

“But I shouldn’t be sur­prised be­cause it has been hap­pen­ing all sea­son.

“The ref­eree felt Ryan Yates was guilty of a late chal­lenge, yet failed to spot a Rovers de­fender push­ing him to the ground as he got up.

“In the sec­ond half there was a sim­i­lar chal­lenge on our keeper and noth­ing was given.

“As for the penalty, I don’t think there was a Rovers player or any­one on their bench who thought it was a foul.”

Hav­ing dis­patched the penalty with his left­foot, Bodin pro­duced an equally as­sured fin­ish with his right on 83 min­utes, hav­ing clev­erly made space to the left of goal.

Man­ager Dar­rell Clarke was more than happy with a win that kept Rovers within six points of the play-off places.

Clarke said: “Billy Bodin can get him­self fitter, but he is play­ing his best foot­ball of the sea­son and is a match-win­ner on his day.

“He can score with ei­ther foot, but some­times I take as much plea­sure from see­ing him look to pass the ball, rather than get in a strike at goal.

“It was a thor­oughly pro­fes­sional per­for­mance and a clean sheet. We are still in­volved in the play-off race with six games left, which is fan­tas­tic.

“We lost Ol­lie Clarke with a knee prob­lem and there were other knocks from a phys­i­cal game.”

STAR MAN BILLY BODIN Bris­tol Rovers

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