WINGER Jason Stokes reckons Boston United were unlucky not to be handed three penalties at Bradford Park Avenue on Saturday.
The Pilgrims lost 2-1 at the Horsfall Stadium, with Marc Newsham seeing his spot kick saved with the very last strike of the game.
But Stokes says the mood in the dressing room was a sombre one, as Boston should already have been given their chance from 12 yards.
Mark Jones was booked after rounding Tim Deasy and going to ground, while BPA defender Richard Marshall handled inside his side’s penalty area.
Stokes told The Standard: “We could have had two penalties earlier on, Jonesy and Newsh are convinced they were - but we didn’t get them.
“The referee, I thought, was poor today, to be honest.
“It was a battle, hard work. Anyone could have nicked it the end of the day.
“If Newsh’s penalty goes in we nick a draw and go home happy, but obviously not.
“We got the penalty and I thought this’d be a 2-2 draw because Newsh scores nine times out of 10.
“Unfortunately, that wasn’t happening.”
Nathan Hotte and Matty James netted the winning goals, while Jones replied for Boston.
Manager Jason Lee backed Newsham and his side, despite their defeat.
He said: “We will play worse and win.
“It was a game where I was really pleased with our commitment.
“It was physical and we stood up to the battle.
“It was one I would have loved to have played in.
“The ref was missing a few things, he said he was going to let it go – which was great. But when I played he never let anything go.
“Both teams were whole hearted.”