Michael Jolley baffled by disallowed Grimsby goal at Salford

Posted Wednesday, September 18, 2019 by PA

Michael Jolley baffled by disallowed Grimsby goal at Salford

Grimsby boss Michael Jolley was baffled by a “curious” and undoubtedly crucial second-half decision of referee Chris Sarginson in his side’s 1-0 defeat at Salford.

After a free-kick had been given to the Mariners in the 49th minute at Moor Lane, Jordan Cook curled home brilliantly from 20 yards.

However, following a consultation with the fourth official and with both sides ready to restart the game after wild Grimsby celebrations, Sarginson decided to award a free-kick to Salford.

It was a massive moment in a game which Grimsby bossed for large periods.

Jolley said: “Without having seen the incident properly yet it is a bit difficult to comment fully, but it’s fair to say we’re all very disappointed with what happened.

“The fourth official, clearly prompted by others around him, apparently spoke to the referee and helped him come to a decision, but the whole process in reaching that decision seemed curious to me.

“The fourth official felt there had been an infringement, so that’s fair enough I suppose.

“It just feel slightly unjust I have to admit.

“The game was ruined for us by that moment because it came at a really important stage in the game.

“We had been on top and pressing for that goal we deserved.

“We created plenty of chances, but in the end I guess it just wasn’t to be for us tonight.”

Jolley’s opposite number Graham Alexander felt a degree of sympathy for Grimsby, but he knew the “goal” was not going to stand.

“I heard the fourth official trying to attract the referee’s attention straight away,” said the Salford boss.

“It was just with the euphoria of the crowd I suppose, the word didn’t get through straight away.”

Alexander was delighted to have secured a first win since the opening day of the season.

“Lots of character was needed tonight, and that’s what we got,” added Alexander.

“We showed that character in abundance and I’m delighted.

“The players were putting their bodies on the line, and that was against a really good Grimsby side who are strong, with a lot of height.

“A quality goal won the game, too.

“I chopped and changed a few things tonight admittedly, but now’s the time to settle things down and build on this result.

“We’ve got to see more consistency.

“We’ll need more and more of that if we’re to keep moving up the table.”

Grimsby almost struck early on when Matt Green was denied by goalkeeper Kyle Letheren.

Green then went close with a strike from 20 yards.

The hosts notched in the 21st minute when Shelton’s well-struck 25-yard free-kick took a deflection off the wall before beating wrong-footed goalkeeper James McKeown.


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