Wanderers boss Freedman curses penalty luck at Blackpool
DOUGIE Freedman was left curing his luck again last night at Bloomfield Road after seeing a late penalty shout turned down.
The Wanderers boss was adamant that Craig Cathcart had brought down Jermaine Beckford in the closing stages of the 0-0 draw at Bloomfield Road.
And to compound his frustration, referee Neil Swarbrick then blew for full time just as Chung-Yong Lee was breaking in on goal with two team-mates in support, following a late mistake from Jack Robinson.
“I thought the penalty was a hugely questionable decision, very disappointing,” Freedman said after the final whistle.
“I have seen in on the tape and I know that it is difficult in real time but I teach my players to be honest and not to dive. I am responsible to this football club and to the fans to have honest players here.
“Jermaine stepped over and tried to stay on his feet. But he has punished for being honest.
“Then at the end we were three against two, it’s just disappointing. The referee tells me he is 15 seconds over but I told him that his officials had told me there were 50 seconds left four seconds before he blew. Do the maths.
“That seems to be what is happening right now. We’ve had some sad news with Marc Tierney, penalty decisions, clearances on the line, all sorts.
“Even young Medo tells me he’s had eight shots this season and four have hit the woodwork. I’d encourage him to keep going because one of them has got to go in sometime.”