Pools sympathy for Jordan Richards

GOING MAD: Jordan Richards (left)  looks on in bemusement after referee Robert Madley awards a penalty for a handball against him. Picture by FRANK REID
GOING MAD: Jordan Richards (left) looks on in bemusement after referee Robert Madley awards a penalty for a handball against him. Picture by FRANK REID

JACK Baldwin had every sympathy for team-mate Jordan Richards following his penalty concession during Saturday’s 2-0 defeat to Stevenage.

It was during last month’s home game with Oldham Athletic that Baldwin was penalised for a handball inside the area, the stoppage-time spot-kick leading to the visitors’ winning goal.

And, in a carbon-copy incident, Richards gave away the penalty which sealed Stevenage’s victory at the weekend.

“The penalty was very similar to mine,” Baldwin told SportMail.

“The attacker has nudged him slightly as he’s gone for it and his arms have gone up.

“That’s what happened with me and it’s a bit unfair when a penalty is awarded.

“It’s unlucky and I know how he feels.”

Baldwin felt Pools deserved more against the southerners having bossed the early exchanges only to fall behind to Marcus Haber’s 19th-minute opener.

“The first goal was against the run of play and it bounced straight off the post into his path,” the teenager reflected.

“We can ‘t talk about luck, but it doesn’t go for us does it?

“We started well and then still went behind.

“You feel deflated but you can’t allow it to get to you because one becomes two and then three.

“You have to put it to the back of your mind and get on with it.

“We played good football and the chances followed.

“Their keeper made good saves and we kept grinding away waiting for them to open up.”

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