Johnson keen to see a change to ruling
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson wants referees to decide whether teams should return possession when the ball is put out of play following an injury.
Tempers flared at Huish Park on Tuesday evening after a dramatic Capital One Cup second-round encounter between the Glovers and Birmingham City.
Byron Webster's controversial 90th-minute equaliser for Town sparked a mad 45 minutes in Somerset, with the game eventually settled on penalties after extra time.
The Blues had expected the ball to be passed back to them when they cleared for a throw-in, with former Yeovil loanee Dan Burn down with an alleged injury.
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However, the on-loan Fulham defender was quick to his feet and, with the home management team frustrated with time wasting, Webster lobbed static City goalkeeper Colin Doyle.
Luke Ayling then ended his 145-game wait for a senior goal by firing Yeovil into a stunning extra-time lead only for Johnson to restore parity by allowing Lee Novak to jog through the entire hosts' line-up and sidefoot home unopposed for 3-3.
The Glovers' boss admitted the first 15 minutes of added time allowed his head to clear and decide an equaliser would be the most sporting decision. However, he still believed the much-debated 'grey area' surrounding a team's conduct when a ball is put out of play for an injury should be clarified.
"I think people should look at it anyway because if it's a head injury they go off, but he didn't go off and there was no problem," he said. "Then, in the last minute of the game, how many teams are going to kick the ball out for their own players now? It does happen all the time and it's happened to us in the last three games, it's happened a lot to us.
"It was all a bit hectic and there were lots of people giving their opinions. With respect to [City boss] Lee Clark, he was very calm about it, it gave me time to reflect on it and decide that's what we were going to do. It doesn't look very nice."
Johnson added: "It was certainly the best we have played and in the first half of extra time I thought we were playing well. At the end of the day it's happened, we can't turn the clock back and we have to learn from it. It's happened to me two or three times, why me? But it happened and all I can do is be humble and apologise to your opponent.
"You get time to think about it. I still think that the rule needs to be looked at, the referee has to decide if you throw it back otherwise you are going to get teams kicking it out all the time for their players late on.
"It is a tactic and it does happen. That's a circumstance and I had to think about that, the club and Birmingham.
"I've got nothing against them, I like Lee Clark and there are some players at Birmingham who I've worked with and I like them. I had to be a bit humble and make the decision. I was on a loser whatever decision I made once we started extra time."
Johnson added he was disappointed that his team's most encouraging display of the season – as well as stunning strikes from Ed Upson and Ayling – are likely to be overshadowed.
He said: "I'm just so pleased that my lads have found their Championship legs and Championship mentality. From our point of view it was a game where they looked OK at Championship level.
"They were two fantastic goals and I'd had a bit of a go at Luke for missing a header that he headed down and over the bar. But he certainly made up for it with a fantastic strike and it's a shame that his and Ed's strikes are not what we're all going to be talking about.
"Ed's been practising those free-kicks recently and he's good at that. They were two great goals, but the line will be something different."