Hartlepool Utd boss bemoans no goal-line technology after no ‘goal’ in Wycombe Wanderers defeat

Christian Burgess in action against Wycombe Wanderers. Picture by FRANK REID
Christian Burgess in action against Wycombe Wanderers. Picture by FRANK REID

COLIN Cooper admits that the presence of goal-line technology could have altered the outcome of the defeat to Wycombe Wanderers.

Pools appeared to have taken a first-half lead when Christian Burgess headed on goal from close range.

Visiting midfielder Steven Craig hacked clear from inside the goalmouth but referee Mark Heywood waved play on.

The non-award was the closest Pools came to opening the scoring before the break and the visitors duly took maximum points thanks to Max Kretzschmar’s second-half double, James Poole replying in stoppage-time for the hosts.

But, with goal-line technology having been introduced in the Premier League this season, Cooper feels such aids might have spared his side a third successive home loss on Saturday.

“Is it unfair there’s no technology in place here and it’s frustrating if the referee has cost us the first goal,” said the Pools boss.

“Technology, I don’t want to bleat, but if it showed that the ball went across the line then it’s another big call against us.

“But the referee and his officials have to make these decisions in a flash.

“My players thought it was over the line, so did a couple of theirs apparently.

“Again, I can sit here and be as disappointed as I want about that incident – I’m more disappointed in the way they scored their first goal.

“Since the first game of the season we haven’t let teams score goals easily, but this time we got picked off.

“We looked anxious after that.”

Meanwhile, Pools midfielder Bradley Walker left the ground wearing a protective boot having been forced off with an ankle injury after just four minutes.

The 17-year-old could now be doubtful for this weekend’s visit of Accrington Stanley, as Cooper explained: “Bradley going off didn’t help.

“He’s been fantastic for us and we had to change so early which isn’t ideal.

“Maybe he’s just rocked his ankle, we will assess it today and we hope it’s not as bad as it looks.

“But he was in pain and couldn’t carry on.”