Pandovani tackle angers Beattie

Manager James Beattie was left fuming after Portsmouth midfielder Romain Padovani escaped a red card in Accrington's 1-0 loss.

Last Updated: 26/02/14 at 12:36

James Beattie: None too pleased

James Beattie: None too pleased

Beattie's side reacted angrily following Padovani's fierce challenge in the centre circle after 30 minutes.

Referee Chris Sarginson booked the Pompey player, but former Southampton striker Beattie checked a video replay of the incident and felt the Frenchman should have been dismissed.

Jake Jervis sealed victory for Pompey with the only goal after 48 minutes when he cut inside from the left and lashed a low drive into the bottom corner of the net.

But Beattie was dejected to see Accrington leave the south coast empty-handed and insisted they should have been facing 10 men for the last hour of the match.

"The lads are not happy with the referee's decision not to send Padovani off. I've looked at the video and it's a joke of a decision," said Beattie.

"I'm lucky not to be going to see Peter Murphy in A&E at the moment with a broken leg.

"The ref took too long to make the decision and he was thinking 'I don't want to be battered by 13,000 fans for the rest of the game.' So he gave him a booking.

"The players are unhappy about the nature of the tackle. Padovani made absolutely no attempt to play the ball and his knee was turned to his side so he could show the bottom of his foot to Peter's leg. The lads are incensed to be quite honest and I think they've got every right to be."

However, Beattie took some solace from Stanley's efforts in the match.

He added: "We were unlucky not to get something out of the game. The lads got punished for one of the few mistakes they made, and punished in the most severe way. I just can't fault their effort, they played well and the best side lost."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

S

till reckon Chelsea will go for Khedira as back up for Matic. I think it will turn out to be quite a Mourihno-y window: We'll see the squad players and youth in action pre-season, say things like well, we need not buy anybody and then the club will bid £60m for Pogba and send everybody on loan.

tk421
F365's Transfer Guide - Part One

I

would love to be a fly on the wall at the meeting between Milner and Rodgers. I don't know if flies can count, but if they can then I would be counting the number of times Rodgers used the word outstanding in his attempts to get Milner to sign.

godzilla
Reds and Arsenal chase Milner

W

ell, it wouldn't be a summer without Arsenal fans fretting over losing a key player, and United throwing their weight around and muscling in on transfer deals which are (apparently) near to completion. If we can't be entertained by the football on the pitch, let's enjoy the silly off-pitch soap opera of the transfer season. Hurrah!

CamberleyGooner
The Back To It Gossip

Footer 365

Sepp Blatter announces he will resign as FIFA president

Sepp Blatter has announced he is to resign as president of FIFA and an election will be held to decide his successor.

Greg Dyke welcomes Sepp Blatter's decision to resign as FIFA president

FA chairman Greg Dyke has called Sepp Blatter's announcement he is to resign as FIFA president "a brilliant day for football".

FIFA reformer Damian Collins wants Sepp Blatter to go immediately

FIFA reform campaigner Damian Collins believes Sepp Blatter should go sooner rather than later.

Mail Box

Liverpool 2015 Feels Like Liverpool 2011...

One Mailer says Benteke = Carroll, Bellamy = Milner and Clyne = Downing. Plus we have U21 Euro impatience, farewell Rio, Rafa Benitez, Milner, FIFA and title play-offs...

Calling Carlo For Liverpool... Please

One Liverpool Mailer wants a manager who isn't starstruck by the job. Plus why Milner has now become overrated, play-offs for the title, Ronaldinho and democracy..

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company