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FOOTBALL: 'It felt like we played 11 men plus the referee'

Ian Dunn
Ian Dunn

Player-manager Ian Dunn felt Pinchbeck United deserved a derby draw - despite finishing with nine men.

Jack Smith and Fraser Bayliss were dismissed during Tuesday's game at Boston Town.

However, Tom Sergeant's second-half equaliser cancelled out the opener from ex-Deeping Rangers striker Scott Coupland.

Dunn remains "very proud" of the Knights' unbeaten run - but he again questioned the referee's performance.

Captain Nick Bishop was controversially given a red card in last Saturday's home win over Rothwell Corinthians.

Dunn admitted that Smith had been "silly" - although he argued that Bayliss was wrongly punished.

He said: "I'm flabbergasted after a second refereeing performance has gone against us.

"It felt like we played 11 men plus the referee.

"I don't want to talk about the officials after games because they should not influence the result. However, major decisions went against us.

"Smith's sending-off was fair enough. After that, though, players were getting away with bad fouls.

"Boston didn't get punished when little things were given against us.

"We were up against it so it makes me really proud as the manager when we have still come away with something.

"We went out in the second half with 10 men, played two up front and forced them back.

"We knew Coupland and Cameron Johnson would hurt us but we limited them. You could see Boston were getting frustrated by going sideways or backwards.

"From our point of view, it was fantastic and testament to the character of the squad when we had 10 men for over an hour and finished with nine on the pitch.

"I thought Ben Lawrence was superb at right-back, Luke Gardner was tremendous and everyone put their bodies on the line to make blocks or last-ditch tackles.

"Alex Smith made two or three good saves as well.

"We worked so hard and, in the end, we deserved something out of the game.

"We are very proud to be unbeaten in 30 games since the end of September last year.

"The record wasn't mentioned even at half-time but we would have been devastated to lose. Our efforts earned a point.

"It's a shame to talk about the referee but he should have given out more yellow cards by the letter of the law.

"Richard Ford should have been sent off for two bad tackles.

"Someone stood on Bayliss' foot so he got a second booking for moving out of the way.

"We understand referees will make mistakes but they have to be consistent. We felt Boston were not punished and that was the most frustrating part of the night."

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