Blackpool boss Gary Bowyer left unhappy by officials

Blackpool boss Gary Bowyer left unhappy by officials

Blackpool boss Gary Bowyer was furious with the officials after two late goals by substitute Romuald Boco led to a 2-1 defeat against Accrington.

Referee Andy Haines and his assistants ruled out a goal by the Seasiders in the 64th minute when Kelvin Mellor's header was helped into the net by Kyle Vassell - with the latter controversially ruled offside.

Blackpool then took an 81st-minute lead after substitute Michael Cain curled home a 25-yard free kick in the first competitive meeting between the two Lancashire sides.

It looked like that would be the decider until, in the 89th minute, Stanley were awarded a disputed penalty for a push by Tom Aldred on Boco with the frontman firing home the spot-kick.

And, in the last minute of injury time, Boco tapped home Sean McConville's cross at the far post to seal Stanley's late victory.

"Those decisions have had a massive influence on the game," said Bowyer. "The linesman has disallowed a good goal for us which was onside but we have kept going and then scored a good goal.

"I have no idea why the penalty was given - I don't think anyone in Accrington saw it - if anything it was a foul on Tom Aldred.

"There is no excuse for conceding the late goal, that was poor from us, but we shouldn't have been in that situation. I think the penalty gave them belief.

"I have spoke to the referee but it's not going to help us. It's just incredible they get it wrong so often. They were two big decisions and it's unfair for everyone connected with the club, the players and the fans. It's so frustrating."

Stanley boss John Coleman agreed with Bowyer, saying: "I have no idea why our penalty was given - you will have to ask the referee.

"I think Elliot Parish will be disappointed by letting their free-kick in and then he has given the penalty and I don't know why.

"However we have had zero luck this season so perhaps we were due some. After missing two penalties at Cambridge, we got our penalty-taking process worked out and Rommy took it well.

"The best team lost, Blackpool were better than us and I understand how Gary Bowyer feels as it has happened to us, when we have lost games we should have won."


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