Hemel Town manager Dean Brennan labelled the match referee as ‘diabolical’ after seeing his side draw 2-2 with Basingstoke – as two late penalties caused major controversy at Vauxhall Road.
Hemel thought they had won the game through Jamie Slabber’s 85th minutes spot-kick after Willy Gnahore was brought down in the area, but Basingstoke hit back just three minutes later as Liam Enver-Marum netted from the spot after a Tyrell Forbes was somewhat harshly penalised for climbing on his man.
Ours is a penalty and theirs is not. You’re going to have about 50 penalties every game if he’s going to give a penalty like that.Hemel Hempstead Town manager Dean Brennan
Brennan was furious with the decision to award Basingstoke their penalty, and did not hold back in his assessment of the match official.
“I thought the referee was diabolical today,” said Brennan. “I’m not usually one for criticising them because they’ve got a tough job to do, but that’s a big game for us today, and he’s given them a penalty for nothing.
“Ours is a penalty and theirs is not. You’re going to have about 50 penalties every game if he’s going to give a penalty like that.
“First and foremost, the free-kick that led to the penalty should have been taken about 10 yards further back.
“It’s just really frustrating because I though we were the better side and we created the better chances. We’ve conceded two sloppy goals; one I’m putting down to a refereeing decision but the first goal is criminal defending really.”
The Tudors boss was clearly seething at the final whistle, but felt his team delivered a much improved display from the one they produced against St Albans City in their previous outing,
“We’ve got a few things to address so we will address those and move on to the next game,” said Brennan.
“Goals is what football is all about but we played much better today than we did on Monday – we were more like our usual selves and the boys had a go.
“We passed the ball much bettter, created more chances and we were the better team. But we haven’t won which is all that matters.
“We haven’t lost either, though, and they (Basingstoke) are a good side who are in a false position in the table at this moment in time.”