Gary Johnson sorry for Yeovil Town's controversial goal against Birmingham City
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson said a "gremlin" in his head concerning time wasting convinced him to order his side to play on after levelling against Birmingham City.
Byron Webster controversially equalised in the final minute of the Capital One Cup clash at Huish Park to send the tie to extra time and eventually penalties, edged by the Blues.
Luke Ayling netted his first goal in 145 games to briefly give the Glovers a 3-2 lead only for Lee Novak to be allowed to waltz through the entire home line up to score at the start of the second period of additional time.
Defender Webster's stunning leveller from an angle came after City had put the ball out of play when former Glover Dan Burn went down, seemingly injured.
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Johnson said: "In the last minute of the game, how many teams are going to kick the ball out now for their own player? It happens all the time and it happens to us.
"I had this gremlin in my head about it and I said to play on. I didn't expect the sequence of events to carry on.
"I apologise to the Birmingham fans, I apologise to the staff and Birmingham players because they were disappointed but it's happening too often and people are using it as a tactic.
"I'm not saying Birmingham are using it but people are using it as a tactic and maybe it needed to be highlighted."
Johnson added the first half of extra time allowed him to reconsider his decision and apologise to his opposite number.
"I apologised to Lee Clark between the halves because on reflection it was ungentlemanly.
"However we just got a little bit fed up with players kicking it out for their player in the last minute.
"I certainly didn't expect the Birmingham side to stand still and then Byron to hook a goal in.
"Then we got 20-odd people in your face and I'm disappointed that referees aren't allowed to give decisions like that and stop the game."
It is the second time such an incident has occurred involving the Glovers.
Back in August 2004, Johnson's son, Lee, scored against Plymouth Argyle in a League Cup tie when he was supposed to be giving the ball back to goalkeeper Luke McCormick.
The Pilgrims were unhappy with what they deemed a lack of sportsmanship and after words were exchanged between both side's, Yeovil allowed Plymouth to walk through and score straight from kick-off.