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Gaz: Decision didn't decide draw

4 November 2013

Gareth Ainsworth says Matt McClure should have been awarded a first-half penalty at Accrington, but that was not the reason why the Wanderers were denied all three points.

McClure appeared to be tripped by Marcus Bettinelli in the 11th minute after beating the keeper to a rebound, but referee Chris Sarginson instead awarded the hosts a goalkick.

Blues regrouped and took the lead in the second half through Anthony Stewart, but were pegged back three minutes into injury-time when Peter Murphy fired home from close-range.

Ainsworth said: “The strange thing is the referee’s given a goalkick so he’s saying Matty definitely touched the ball, and Matty is saying he was fouled after he touched the ball. In my book that’s a penalty but today the referee didn’t give it that way.

“I’m gutted about the decision but I’m not going to say that’s the reason we drew. The reason is probably not seeing the game out.

“We defended well, it’s just that one incident in the 93rd minute which taints it.

Ainsworth added: “If you look at the big picture it’s a point gained away from home. Accrington have won two on the spin. But the nature of it is it’s two lost and that’s how I’m feeling at the moment. It’s a tough one to take.

“It’s just assured clearances going up the pitch. There’s no individuals. We are in it together – we could have scored a couple of goals at the other end. Maybe if we were sharper at the other end we’d score a couple more goals.

“I thought the lads played really well. There was only one team in it today. I think Accrington will feel like they have escaped a defeat there – they have nicked a point, we’ve lost two. 

“We were the better team and I think everyone in the ground would probably agree with that.

“I’m down on that score but away from home, terrible conditions – the rain hammered it down – I feel we did a real professional job.

“We maybe should have hit the net a couple more times than we did but we limited Accrington to only one shot on our goal and that was in the 93rd minute, and they managed to get it in.

“We have to look at that, seeing games out is really important for us.”

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