Saturday Aug 16, 2014
'It puts me in a difficult situation as a manager,' Lambs boss Dale Belford said after the last minute penalty sealed the three points for Stockport County, in an game that was very difficult to call either way, by the solitary strike, 'because we are told to respect the FA's Respect campaign all the time but when situations occur, like they did today, it is very difficult not to react in a way that could be seen to be detrimental to all the good work that is done.'
'It was quite simply the worst decision that I have ever, ever, seen on a football field in my playing and managerial career and it simply was not good enough. Decisions like that can lose managers their jobs, and managers will drop players for poor performances of a similar nature but there is no accountability for the officials as far as I can see it.'
'That decision is now the talking point of the game and we are always talking about the officials when it should the football. When all is said and done James (Belshaw) clearly took the ball cleanly and it should not have been a penalty. And it's not sour grapes because Stockport have admitted they would be furious too.'
'But at the end of the day, we were not good enough to win the game even though we passed it well enough, just not in the right areas. So to get to ninety plus minutes and then lose to an appalling decsion like that leaves a bitter tase in the mouth.'
'We needed to do better all round though and I have told the players that, ahead of the Bank Holiday weekend. We will dust ourselves down and go to Worcester looking for something. Four points out of the first nine is not good it is just OK and it's definitely nowhere near good enough.'
If you would like to book on the Supporters Coach to Worcester (match is being played at Kidderminster Harriers) please contact Dave Brown on 0797 100 1078. £13 members (£7 U16), £18 non members (£9 U16), departing The Lamb at 12.30pm next Saturday.