Shrewsbury boss: Referee denied us Portsmouth victory 

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John Askey believes the referee denied his side an upset victory at Pompey.

The Shrewsbury boss felt the visitors should have been given two penalties as they drew 1-1 at Fratton Park on Saturday.

Shrewsbury boss John Askey.

Shrewsbury boss John Askey.

And he reckons Brett Pitman shouldn’t have been given the opportunity to rescue the Blues a point from the spot three minutes from time.

Askey’s ire centred on two Shrews appeals as Matt Clarke cleared the ball and Gareth Whalley went to ground in the first half, as well Alex Gilliead claiming a penalty after a challenge by Lee Brown in the second period.

There was also debate over whether Pompey’s spot-kick was in or outside the box as Gilliead challenged Nathan Thompson.

Askey said: ‘We have had two calls for penalties and we haven’t been given them. They had one shout for a penalty and from what I’ve seen it wasn’t.

‘I’ve watched it again and it obviously should have been a penalty (Brown on Gilliead).

‘It is frustrating because it’s difficult when so many have gone against us. We should have at least two penalties on Saturday.’

Askey had no doubt referee Charles Breakspear cost his side.

He added: ‘The referee is deciding the outcome of our games and that’s not right.

‘If you would have said to me that we’d come here and get a draw then I’d have taken it. But to come away with just a point was unfair on my players.’