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Whitney bemoans refereeing decision

16 October 2017

Jon Whitney was unhappy witreferee Tom Nield’s decision to disallow Jon Guthrie’s header in the Saddlers’ 1-1 draw with Blackpool.

Erhun Oztumer’s sublime 25-yard free-kick put the hosts in front but substitute Viv Solomon-Otabor levelled for the Seasiders midway through the second half.

Walsall had the ball in the net again with 19 minutes remaining but Guthrie’s header from Joe Edwards’ corner was controversially disallowed for a foul on goalkeeper Ryan Allsop.

And Whitney felt the official got it wrong.

“It was a perfectly good goal and the officials wouldn’t give me an explanation about why it was disallowed,” said the boss.

“It was a routine we worked on because we saw them as a little bit vulnerable from set-pieces. It should have been a good, legitimate winning goal.

“They were talking about a foul on the keeper but all Tyler (Roberts) is doing is standing his ground.

“Just look at the keeper’s reaction – as the ball goes in the net, he’s complaining to his defenders for letting Jon get a free run.

“He’s not even appealing to the referee because he knows they have lost the runner.

“The timing is great and it’s a perfectly good winning goal – but we didn’t get it.”

The 46-year-old added: “I thought it was a really tightly-contested game.

“It was a bit scrappy in midfield because that’s what they do really well. They’ve brought in Jay Spearing who is vastly experienced and Jimmy Ryan who is someone who can really dictate play.

“I thought we stifled them quite a bit in the first half and created some chances.

“We should have snuck it when Erhun [Oztumer] got in at the near post and the set-piece would have been a good winning goal.”

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