'We should have had a penalty' - Accrington Stanley boss reacts to draw with Doncaster Rovers

Accrington Stanley boss John Coleman believes his side should have been awarded a penalty which would have put them ahead against Doncaster Rovers.

Sunday, 22nd December 2019, 6:00 am
Updated Monday, 23rd December 2019, 12:12 am
Accrington Stanley boss John Coleman

Stanley winger Jordan Clark appeared to be tripped as he entered the box during the first half at the Keepmoat but referee Andy Haines was unmoved.

Jon Taylor would go on to give Rovers the lead but Offrande Zanzala levelled eight minutes from time.

"We've had our customary penalty turned down again," Coleman said.

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"I don't know what we've got to do to get a penalties anymore. People just seem to be able to trip our players up in the box and not give away a penalty.

“It defies belief. I think everyone in the ground thought it was a penalty part from the referee and the linesman."

Coleman felt his side deserved their equaliser and could have gone on to win the game after Zanzala’s goal.

"We worked really, really hard," he said. "We pressed them.

"They've scored on the counter because we were camping out on the edge of their box. That was a body blow.

"But we've matured over the last month because we might have gone under. They put us under a bit of pressure but we stood firm.

"We deservedly got the equaliser and I think if anyone was going to win it, it was going to be us. Their keeper has produced a world class save from Seamus [Conneelly]."