Hartlepool boss frustrated by ref’s decisions against Plymouth

Ronnie Moore

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Ronnie Moore bemoaned the inconsistency of referees after Hartlepool United suffered late heartache.

The boss admitted Pools had only themselves to blame for suffering a last-minute 2-1 defeat to Plymouth Argyle.

How can that not be a goalscoring opportunity – Scotty was ready to head it when the lad pulls him.

But Moore was frustrated that the winner from the League Two leaders came from Kelvin Mellor, who could have seen red after conceding a late penalty.

Mellor had fouled Scott Fenwick as the forward tried to get on the end of a Matthew Bates cross.

The Pilgrims full-back was yellow-carded by referee Graham Salisbury and then bombed forward six minutes later to help himself to the winner.

It merely added to Moore’s angst. He said: Surely the lad [Mellor] has to go [for the penalty].

“How can that not be a goalscoring opportunity – Scotty was ready to head it when the lad pulls him.

“That should have been a red.”

Moore felt Derek Grant’s side should have conceded a penalty and been down to 10 men as early as the 18th minute after an away defender blocked a Michael Woods shot with his hands.

Mr Salisbury refused to point to the spot.

“We should have had two penalties, in the first-half one it should be a sending off and a penalty,” said Moore.

“Why was it still 11 against 11 after the lad fouled Scotty?”

Just 10 games ago, Scott Harrison was sent off at the Vic for handball against Crawley Town.

“If you turn your back and the ball hits you on the hands, it’s a penalty,” fumed Moore.

“We had exactly the same thing happened against us when we played Crawley and Scott Harrison was red-carded. Where is the consistency?

“I think Plymouth know how lucky they are to have gone away with the win.”