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Double Frustration For Cowley

Boss disappointed by performance and officials at Crawley

30 August 2022

Danny Cowley
Photo: Jason Brown/Pro Sports Images

Danny Cowley cut a frustrated figure following Pompey’s Papa John’s Trophy draw at Crawley.

He had watched his side relinquish a lead they had worked hard to establish by conceding a controversial last-gasp penalty.

Clark Robertson and Dane Scarlett had earlier turned things around following another spot-kick award for the Red Devils.

Pompey then paid the penalty again, losing 6-5 in a shoot-out to miss out on a group stage bonus point.

And Cowley felt both the performance of both his side and the officials at Broadfield Stadium left a lot to be desired.

The Blues boss said: “We’re obviously very disappointed to draw the game and then lose on penalties.

“It’s the second time we’ve come to a League Two club in as many weeks and we haven’t won on either occasion.

“If you want to be a good team then you need to have the depth in your squad to provide support and I didn’t like our performance.

"The referee has got in the way of our midfielder, not stopped the play and then given the softest penalty."

Danny Cowley

“We were too soft in the first half, although we were much better after the break and the players who came on made a good impact.

“It was a well worked corner and a great header from Clark to equalise and then a brilliant goal from Dane. We should have seen the game out from that point.

“The referee has got in the way of our midfielder, not stopped the play and then given the softest penalty.

“But even before that, the officiating – for both sides – was so poor and I feel sorry for all those who paid because it was just a lottery.

“I don’t know what to say about it because I love football and we’ve got the best pyramid in the world.

“It just wasn’t good enough and I’m saying this for the right reasons because we just have to do so much better.”

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