Bradford Park Avenue manager Mark Bower said Saturday’s defeat to FC Halifax Town was a difficult one to take, after his side had dominated for much of the afternoon.
Oli Johnson put Avenue in front just after the hour before Richard Peniket equalised with Town’s first shot on goal all afternoon.
Johnson was then shown a red card for two bookable offences, Tom Denton putting Halifax in front when it looked like he had fouled James Knowles in the process.
Peniket himself was sent for a slightly early bath when he was sent off for an elbow on Ryan Toulson, but as Avenue pressed Matty Kosylo added a third in injury time to put some unwarranted gloss on the result for the Shaymen.
Bower was fairly happy with his side’s performance, but lamented referee Simeon Lucas in his interview with BPATV after the game.
“For their second goal, it is the most blatant foul on James Knowles that you will ever see,” Bower fumed.
“It is a calamity of a decision to allow that goal to stand, and from a referee who came here six weeks ago and denied us the most blatant penalty I’ve ever seen against Boston.
“The game seemed too big for him in a lot of aspects, and I don’t think he was great for either side in the first half, but then in the second half he’s made a decision that I just cannot understand for the life in me.
“We played well for 60 minutes of the game, and overall, 90% of the performance was very good and disciplined.
“They were always going to have a spell where they pushed us, they’re a big team with a massive budget, a big squad with players to bring off the bench that will change the game, but I thought we dealt with them.
“It was a bit self-inflicted with the first goal, that gave them the impetus to go on and win the game.”
Supporters can hear the Avenue boss’ full thoughts by watching the full interview below via BPATV. All the goals from the match are also available to view, with extended highlights to come. Click here to visit BPATV.