Referee correct in awarding 'big' goal
Television evidence showed referee David Phillips was spot-on to award the goal which sent Plymouth Argyle crashing to defeat at Northampton Town and to the foot of npower League Two.
The Pilgrims protested long and loud that goalkeeper Jake Cole had been fouled when trying to catch a corner in the 70th minute.
They vehemently claimed Cole had been impeded when he attempting to grab the ball at the far post.
He was – but, as television replays showed, by his own team-mate Paris Cowan-Hall rather than any of the Northampton players.
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Cole lost his balance and spilled the ball, which ended up in the net and with the Argyle goalkeeper appealing in vain for a free-kick.
Argyle manager John Sheridan voiced his anger towards fourth official Richard Wigglesworth and that led to him receiving a lecture from the referee.
After the final whistle, there were further complaints to Phillips from Argyle, with Cole and coach Gary Owers in long conversation with him on the pitch.
However, none of that changed the fact that Northampton had taken maximum points from a fiercely contested clash.
Sheridan spoke to the media only minutes after the match had ended and had not had a chance to see any TV evidence of the controversial incident. He said: "It's a clear foul on the 'keeper. It's only him [Phillips] who doesn't see it. It's ridiculous.
"Performance-wise, I thought we were well in the game up until the goal. We were defending really well and we played decent football.
"It was the manner of the goal which set us back. We didn't get back in the game after that."