Date: 11th April 2007 at 11:55am
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Stanley boss John Coleman has blasted referee Scott Mathieson for awarding Hartlepool two penalties in the 1-0 defeat on Tuesday evening.

Hartlepool put the second of their two dodgy penalties past David Martin, but it shouldn’t have been a penalty, just like the first. Godwin Antwi, on-loan from Liverpool, clearly got the ball, but Mathieson pointed to the penalty spot. Richie Barker slotted home the second penalty to give Hartlepool the unfair win.

Barker had already missed a spot kick in the first half, yet again a dodgy decision, as Jay Harris’ challenge was outside of the area.

‘The game hinged on the penalty decision,’ Coleman said speaking to the Lancashire Telegraph.

‘This season I have had two referees who have phoned me during the week and told me I was unfortunate to have penalties given by them the previous weekend. I am sure I will have a third one this week.

‘I think they were very dubious and to have two awarded against you in one match is very harsh.

‘We have had 14 penalties given against us this season and I would say about seven have been justified.’

Coleman wasn’t best pleased with young striker Andy Mangan either. Mangan was red carded on 70 minutes for kicking out at Pools defender Michael Nelson.

‘Andrew Mangan wants shooting for getting himself sent off,’ he said.

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