Dearden Reaction

Speaking with the Mansfield CHAD after the game, Dearden said "Obviously I have to be careful about what I say but in all my 45 years' career in the game, that was the worst refereeing display I have ever seen.

"That's not sour grapes as he was poor for both sides.

"By all accounts the ball did not cross the line for their first goal, even their sub said it didn't go in.

"Then the referee didn't give what was a clear penalty on Mickey Boulding. He said it was because he didn't go down which is a load of rubbish.

"I thought we played very well and deserved to win it, let alone draw, against a very strong team.

"We had more injuries, losing out keeper and captain and then just caught by that second goal.

"The crowd were brilliant. They booed us off on Saturday and clapped us off tonight. We lost both but the difference is that we gave it everything tonight."


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