MICK Wadsworth was “mystified” by the decision which robbed Hartlepool United of an equaliser during Saturday’s 1-0 defeat against MK Dons.
Pools had worked themselves back into the game following a scrappy opening period in which Evan Horwood gifted the visitors a 45th-minute goal.
And, when loanee Ryan Donaldson stabbed home from close range in the 66th minute, it appeared Pools were deservedly back on terms.
But referee Gary Sutton saw otherwise and penalised the scorer for an apparent handball
Replays, however, clearly show the ball striking the player’s hip and not his arm, leading Wadsworth to say: “The decision mystified everyone.
“I’ve asked young Ryan and he said it was nowhere near his hand.
“I’ve watched it again on DVD and the referee has said it was disallowed for handball – but he was standing the wrong side of Ryan to say it hit his hand.
“The linesman was in a better position and he says he didn’t see it, which is disappointing.
“I’m sure they don’t do it on purpose and I don’t like to criticise because it’s a hard job they do, but we are quite angry.”
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