Yellow card let-off frustrates Pompey

Jed Wallace. Picture: Joe Pepler
Jed Wallace. Picture: Joe Pepler
Conor Chaplin in action against Northampton. Picture: Joe Pepler

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Athird-minute penalty awarded for a deliberate handball, yet no yellow card shown to the offender.

That was the Greenhous Meadow scenario which infuriated Pompey as they suffered a 2-1 defeat.

Danny Hollands joined boss Andy Awford in questioning why Saturday’s referee failed to book Mickey Demetriou after his raised hand resulted in a spot-kick.

Jed Wallace went on to net, yet match official Dean Whitestone opted against further punishing the Shrewsbury left wing-back by issuing a yellow card.

And it was a decision which irked Pompey, prompting Awford to afterwards seek a conversation with Whitestone in the officials’ changing room.

Hollands said: ‘It was definitely a penalty. It was my man under the ball and you could hear the clear slap.

‘Everyone said they thought he must have been playing basketball at the time considering how high his hands were up.

‘But for him to not even get a card was wrong, if he had he can’t be diving in for challenges for the rest of the week.

‘It is a deliberate handball, by the rules of the game you would expect a yellow card but he didn’t get it and that was more frustration for us.

‘I suppose these things all add up and over the course of the season they even themselves out and when we get the luck we can move forward.

‘I can’t really say a lot about the ref but at times in the game he maybe gave them free-kicks a little bit easier than he did us.’

Pompey have failed to win a league match away from Fratton Park since defeating Oxford on August 23.

But Hollands believes there was plenty to provide encouragement from their Shrewsbury visit.

He added: ‘We have just got to remain positive.

‘We are only the third team to go there and score this season so that shows you it is quite a tough place to visit.

‘We started off really well and if we had got a second goal early in the first half it kind of kills it off a bit.

‘We didn’t, we let them back in a bit and they started to get the ball down.

‘There were a few other chances as well which maybe we should have converted.

‘If you are not creating chances that is the worrying thing but we are creating chances.

‘We have to make sure in the final third we are a bit more patient and when we get into those positions make sure we hit the target.

‘It is only us that can do it, only us that can change it, so we have to remain focused, get back on the training pitch and go again on Saturday.’

– NEIL ALLEN