Evans bemoans penalty decision

Steve Evans felt the award of the penalty against Rotherham in the 3-1 loss to Coventry was "one of the worst decisions ever given".

Last Updated: 01/01/14 at 20:35

Steve Evans: Never a penalty

Steve Evans: Never a penalty

Evans, whose side led up until that point courtesy of Joe Skarz's first-half goal, was left seething after 71 minutes when his skipper Craig Morgan received a straight red card for his tackle on Callum Wilson and Coventry captain Carl Baker equalised from the resulting spot-kick.

Following the 3-1 home defeat, Evans said: "This is one of the worst decisions ever given in football by an assistant referee. The offence occurred outside the D on the edge of the area, this isn't on the line. The man should never officiate again.

"The referee gives a free-kick but then gets sucked in by his assistant. It's a poor decision that changed the game."

Franck Moussa then headed in Baker's corner to give the visitors the lead but Rotherham threw away the chance to rescue a point when Michael O'Connor's injury-time penalty was saved by Joe Murphy.

And with the Millers goalkeeper pushed up as they searched for an equaliser, Baker fired in Coventry's third goal from the halfway line in the 14th minute of added time.

Evans added: "We are not going to cover anything because we could have had the game wrapped up by half time, but we didn't put our chances away and we had four or five good chances. But we didn't make a chance in the second half.

"But it was just a shocking, shocking, bad, bad, decision for their penalty. We have just looked at it again in the dressing room and the players are appalled.

"We accept the red card but to get a penalty against us as well. The assistant referee should never officiate again at this level that decision was so bad."

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worry about these types of conclusions on a teams brilliance when it was very clear that Argentina had 4 chances where they really should have scored and on chances alone then it would have been the more pragmatic Argentinians who would be the best in the world. I like the Germany team but this just shows that even with planning it relies on a great deal of luck and finding your opponents at just the right time.

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e all know the British public don't have the patience to plan for 14 years. No chance. As soon as our young players don't win the world cup they get harrassed and abused to the point of mental breakdown. No, England likes to react to failure by sacking the manager and tearing up their best laid plans in favour of something shiny and new to keep the knee jerkers happy.

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lad Messi was player of the tournament, there was no-one more deserving. Except Robben. And James Rodriguez. Or Muller and half the Germany team etc etc

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