SAM Collins was still in a state of “shock” today at the penalty decision which cost Hartlepool United a deserved return at the weekend.
Collins and co were readying themselves for a final push towards three points against high-flying Sheffield United when the officials intervened to hand the Blades victory.
It was the Pools skipper deemed the guilty party when he tangled with £3m striker Ched Evans in the 79th minute.
The pair flopped to the turf after a seemingly 50-50 tussle but referee Carl Boyeson, on the advice of his assistant, pointed to the spot.
Evans duly slotted home the game’s only goal, leaving Collins in a bitter mood when he spoke to SportMail today.
“There was no chance it was a penalty,” he said.
“He chested the ball and it spun the opposite way and we both tried to turn together and just fell on top of each other.
“The ref was the same distance as the linesman away from it and he wasn’t interested in giving it.
“I never thought there was a chance of a pen.
“Their fans were going wild but the ref wasn’t interested.
“He looked at the linesman and only then did he give it.
“It seemed to take ages. I was in shock and I think he (Ched Evans) was as well.
“But he did his job and put the pen away.
“In fairness to Danny Wilson he said it looked harsh as well, but there’s nothing we can do now and it’s frustrating because we’d been the better side.
“From their point of view they just want to keep the run going and get a result.
“No-one will even look at that decision if it proves to be the game that gets them promoted – it makes no difference to them.”
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