Sam Collins hits out after Hartlepool United denied “stonewall” penalty

Sam Collins. Picture by FRANK REID

Sam Collins. Picture by FRANK REID

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CARETAKER boss Sam Collins is adamant his Hartlepool United side were denied a “stonewall” penalty against Luton Town.

With the score goalless after 30 minutes Pools striker Charlie Wyke was brought down inside the Luton penalty area but the strong appeals were waved away.

Luton then went on to score twice to secure a 2-1 victory and all three points in the Sky Bet League Two match at Victoria Park.

Neil Austin pulled one back from the penalty spot in the 92nd minute but the damage had already been done and Collins’ side dropped to third-bottom in League Two.

Collins said: “It was a massive call for the referee not to give it.

“I could see it that it was a stonewall penalty and a terrible decision.

“If they are supposed to give the advantage to the attacking team then they certainly didn’t then.

“It was a penalty all day long.”

He added: “The referee first said he was too far away and then he said in his opinion he judged it that their lad touched the ball before Charlie.

“I was right there and no way in a million years did he.

“The linesman was right there as well, it was a really poor decision.”

Collins, who didn’t think there was much to seperate the two sides, was also left cursing two lapses in concentration from his defence which allowed Luton to take a 2-0 lead.

See Monday’s Hartlepool Mail for full reaction, pictures and analysis.

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