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18th February 2015 20:43




Late penalty decision frustrates Murray
mansfieldtown.net, 14th February 2015

Gaffer desperately disappointed as Stags are denied deserved win.

Manager Adam Murray was bitterly disappointed by referee Lee Collins’ decision to award Northampton Town an injury-time spot-kick in today’s 1-1 draw at One Call Stadium.

Read more at http://www.mansfieldtown.net/news/article/late-penalty-decision-frustrates-murray-2270682.aspx#0jHC52Oh71ocATyL.99

The Stags looked on course to pick up three deserved points in their quest for survival in Sky Bet League Two thanks to a goal by Vadaine Oliver just a few moments after the start of the second half.

However, deep into injury-time, the Cobblers got a spot-kick, which was duly converted by Marc Richards, after the referee judged Ivan Toney to have been fouled inside the area, though it is unclear exactly which player was supposed to have committed a foul on the Cobblers’ substitute.

Speaking in his post-match interview, our boss said: “The referee has given the penalty against somebody that wasn’t even on the ball and didn’t even go in for the challenge.

“Their player [Ivan Toney] has stuck it through Junior [Brown’s] legs, the ball has then gone out of play, and he’s then given them a penalty.

“It’s embarrassing and I’m gutted for these lads.”

He continued: “We’ve come up against a team today in good form in the league and when we settled down after the first 15 minutes, we played some good stuff and I thought we deserved the win today.

“[The equaliser] just sums up the period that we’re going through.”

One big positive to come from this afternoon’s game was the performance of youngster Jack Thomas, who on his first start in the Football League, produced a battling display and picked up the sponsors’ Man of the Match award.

“I’ve been saying for a long time that he’s got a bright future ahead of him and to come into a team that’s going through the situation that we are, he showed a lot of strength and courage, so fair play to him,” added our manager.

“He did what I expected of him and he’ll do that many more times for us.

“I think we showed in the second half after we got the goal that we’re a team who are near the bottom of the table, because we got anxious and I think everybody in the ground got anxious.”

Murray added: “Nothing changes and this is going down to the wire. It is what it is and I’m proud of the boys today, because they gave everything against a top team.

“I can’t work these boys any harder. Tactically and physically, we can’t prepare them any better and they can’t do any more. We’ve just got to keep doing what we’re doing and sometimes in life these things happen.

“You either give in, lie down and die, whilst feeling sorry for yourself, or you come back biting again and that’s what we’ll do.”

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Boss Murray says Stags were ‘cheated’ and ‘robbed’ by late penalty decision for Northampton
chad.co.uk, by John Lomas

Stags boss Adam Murray was furious with referee Lee Collins over his stoppage time penalty decision that saw Mansfield Town held 1-1 at home by 10-men Northampton this afternoon.

http://www.chad.co.uk/sport/mansfield-town/boss-murray-says-stags-were-cheated-and-robbed-by-late-penalty-decision-for-northampton-1-7107591

Despite some nervy moments, it seemed Vadaine Oliver’s 48th minute goal was going to be enough to see off a Cobblers side that lost John-Joe O’Toole for flooring Ritchie Sutton off the ball on 36 minutes.

But Mr Collins decided Ivan Toney had been brought down with the clock showing 93 minutes, though he wasn’t clear over who the culprit was, allegedly blaming Lee Beevers for a challenge made by Junior Brown.

“We have been cheated - simple as that,” raged Murray.

“He’s given the penalty against someone who didn’t even go in for the challenge.

“Their lad shoved the ball through Junior’s legs and Junior’s never moved.

“The scariest thing is that I was joking with the fourth official that because he’s sent one of their players off he would be giving every little thing their way. It is embarrassing and I am gutted for the lads.

“You can’t even speak to them (the officials) afterwards. They have half an hour to get their story right between them.

“These lads work their socks off seven days a week, so to take that away from them at the end and to have attitude with it as well is embarrassing.”

He added: “We were up against a top side and, once we’d settled down after the first 15 minutes, we played some great stuff. But this is the period we are going through.

“I think we showed second half after the goal that we are a team that are near the bottom of the table. We got anxious and I think everyone in the ground got anxious.

“It can be harder playing against 10 men than against 11. but our game plan worked for 92 minutes and we have been robbed.

“We have players in there virtually in tears, it means that much to them. It feels like we have been stabbed in the heart.

“I can’t work these boys any harder or prepare them any better. We just have to keep doing what we are doing. In life you can either lay down and die and feel sorry for yourself or come back biting.

“I have never given in to a fight or battle in my life and I am not starting now.

“It feels like a loss tonight though in the position where we are it is a very, very good point for us, but we deserved a win. It feels like it’s been taken away from us.”

The brightest part of the afternoon was a superb man of the match full debut for Mansfield by 18-year-old midfielder Jack Thomas.

“I have been saying for a long time that he has got a big future ahead of him,” said Murray.

“To come into a team that’s going through the situation we are shows his strength of character. He did today exactly what I expected of him and he will do that many more times.”

Northampton assistant manager Alan Knill said: “Obviously we are delighted to get the point in the end, but after the second-half performance we are disappointed not to get all three points.

“The ball was only ever in their half in the second half, even though we had 10 men. We were excellent considering the circumstances.

“Ivan Toney (the substitute who won the injury time penalty) was fantastic. We spoke to him the week and he has done exactly what we asked for. As soon as he came on he looked lively, mobile and held the ball up. Then he got us the penalty.

“As for Rico (Marc Richards who scored the injury time penalty , he missed his last penalty but he has just put his head down and smashed it into the net. We are delighted for him. He doesn’t worry about missing them.”

On the red card incident, he added: “I am going to give it an Arsene Wenger and say I didn’t see the incident that led to John-Joe O’Toole getting sent off.

“He said their lad (Richie Sutton) had him in a headlock and he just reacted. Until we see the referee’s report and see the incident we are not sure what we are going to do about it.

“It was a big day for him, a great occasion and it is sad the way it ended. It was going to go one way or the other. Unfortunately for us it went the wrong way.

“He is disappointed, but I would rather talk about the 10 players who stayed on the pitch and were fantastic. We took the game to Mansfield rather than sit back and thought we could still get a win.”

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Ravenhill frustrated to only get a point
mansfieldtown.net, 14th February 2015

Midfielder deserves our team deserved all three points against the Cobblers.

Read more at http://www.mansfieldtown.net/news/article/ravenhill-frustrated-to-only-get-a-point-2271071.aspx#Tx3L4s4eRb0gT6JU.99

Midfielder Ricky Ravenhill couldn’t help but feel frustrated after our team endured late heartache in today’s 1-1 draw with Northampton Town at One Call Stadium.

Vadaine Oliver’s opener had put us on course to record a morale-boosting victory, but the Cobblers earned a share of the spoils thanks to a controversial late penalty, scored by Sky Bet League Two’s top scorer, Marc Richards.

Ravenhill returned from injury to wear the captain’s armband against and was a main contributor to the solid defensive set-up.

Speaking after the match, Ravenhill said: “The lads are absolutely devastated. They put a shift in. We had a game-plan that worked and we did everything we wanted to do.

“I think everything went to plan except for the decision at the end.

“I thought we controlled the first half and after that we moved the ball nicely. They are always going to throw people in the box and you have to defend. You are always going to have to defend and that is the way it is.

“Everyone in the team did their jobs and nobody let anyone down. We limited their chances and I can’t express how frustrated I am.

“It feels like a defeat at the minute and because the goal they scored was so late, it does not feel good.”

On a more positive note, Ravenhill was full of praise for young central midfielder Jack Thomas who made his starting debut for us.

The 34-year-old added: “He has done brilliantly out there. He stood up to the big game and deserved his Man of the Match award. He had has the right attitude and application to everything he does and now he just has to maintain his standards.”

Our team now turn their attention to the clash against promotion-chasing Luton Town at One Call Stadium on Tuesday.

Looking ahead to that game, Ravenhill said: “I thought our game-plan worked very well. We looked comfortable in large parts and most things went the way we wanted it to.

“We will do things right in the lead up and by the time we get out there against Luton, we will be in the right frame of mind.”

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Stags skipper Ravenhill echoes boss Murray’s rage over Northampton penalty decision
chad.co.uk

Mansfield Town skipper Ricky Ravenhill backed up boss Adam Murray’s feelings on the stoppage time penalty decision that saw visiting 10-men Northampton steal a late 1-1 draw yesterday.

http://www.chad.co.uk/sport/mansfield-town/stags-skipper-ravenhill-echoes-boss-murray-s-rage-over-northampton-penalty-decision-1-7107937

With John-Joe O’Tooole sent off on 36 minutes, the struggling Stags looked to have three precious safety points in the bag with 93 minutes played until referee Lee Collins decided Junior Brown had brought down Ivan Toney and Marc Richards slammed home the spot kick.

That prompted an angry outpouring from Murray after the game.

“Everyone is devastated. The game plan worked, we did everything we wanted to do and we just feel robbed, I can’t put it any other way,” said Ravenhill.

“A crazy decision at the end cost us the three points just when we looked like we were going to beat one of the in-form teams.

“It was ridiculous. The ball had gone through Junior Brown’s legs and Junior had turned before him and their player jumped on his back. He wasn’t getting on the ball and there were players around him.

“The officials didn’t even know between them who was supposed to have given the penalty away. It was an absolute farce. One was saying it was Lee Beevers. It’s beyond words.

“We had limited their chances all afternoon and they have good players in their team. I can’t express how frustrated I am to be honest.

“This feels like a defeat, though I may reflect on it differently when I look back. It just feels so unjust. It feels like an absolute kick in the privates to be fair.”

He added: “We looked comfortable for large parts of the game. Young Jack Thomas came in and looked fantastic on what was a bobbly pitch. He deserved his man of the match and everyone did their jobs.

“It’s all down to the boy himself now. He has the right attitude and the right application in everything he does and he has the world at his feet. He just has to maintain those standards.”

Ravenhill was a surprise inclusion after pulling his hamstring in the pre-match warm-up seven days earlier and looking like he may face a lay-off.

“To be fair it was touch and go for today and early in the week I didn’t think I was going to make it,” he said. “But there was a massive improvement within the week and the physio department was fantastic and got me out there.

“I now need to do the right things and make sure I am ready for Tuesday.

“This result will hurt tonight, but we will come in tomorrow, do things right, and by Tuesday we will be in the right frame of mind again.”

Stags now prepare for the visit of Luton Town on Tuesday (7.45pm).

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John-Joe O’Toole facing fine after dismissal
northamptonchron.co.uk, by Jefferson Lake

Alan Knill says the Cobblers will fine John-Joe O’Toole two weeks’ wages - if video evidence and the referee’s report confirm he hit Mansfield defender Ritchie Sutton.

http://www.northamptonchron.co.uk/sport/john-joe-o-toole-facing-fine-after-dismissal-1-6581131

O’Toole was sent off by referee Lee Collins in the 32nd minute of the game at Field Mill, where Marc Richards’ 17th goal of the season salvaged a 1-1 draw in stoppage time.

It was a disastrous end to a day which had seen supporters wear wigs and headbands in tribute to the midfielder’s recent good form.

O’Toole will now face a three-game ban for violent conduct and could also be hit in the pocket with a club fine.

“I’m going to give it the Arsene Wenger and say I didn’t see the incident but John-Joe said the lad had him in a headlock and he’s just reacted,” said assistant manager Knill.

“Until we see the referee’s report and the video, we’re not sure what we’re going to do about it.

“If he’s been sent off for what the referee says he’s done, it’s a two-week fine for us.

“I’m not sure if the occasion got to him. I thought it was a great occasion for him and great for the supporters to do that for him but it’s sad the way it’s ended.

“These things happen in football and you have to roll your sleeves up and get on with it, which we did.”

As disappointed as Knill was with O’Toole, though, he was delighted with the way the Cobblers fought right to the end for a precious point.

Mansfield took the lead early in the second half through Vadaine Oliver but Richards was the man on the spot to secure a draw, putting aside his penalty miss a week ago to notch a 17th of the season at a ground he last visited with the Cobblers in a play-off semi-final in 2004.

“We’re obviously delighted to get the ball in the end but we’re disappointed not to get all three points,” said Knill.

“I thought we were excellent with 10 men and the ball was only ever in their half, so we’re delighted to get a point but we could have won.

“We spoke to Ivan about the way he played at Hartlepool - he didn’t make an impact in that game but we were much happier with him here.

“He was lively, held the ball up well and he won us the penalty. Rico was never going to be worried about missing a penalty and he just got his head down and smashed it.”

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Cobblers striker Richards backs referee Collins over last-gasp penalty award
northamptonchron.co.uk, by Jefferson Lake

Marc Richards felt the decision to award the Cobblers a penalty in stoppage time at Mansfield was a brave call by the referee - but the only one he got right in the game.

http://www.northamptonchron.co.uk/sport/cobblers-striker-richards-backs-referee-collins-over-last-gasp-penalty-award-1-6581416

Town were given a spot-kick when Junior Brown brought down substitute Ivan Toney in the third minute of added time and Richards duly dispatched it to secure a 1-1 draw.

Referee Lee Collins had a busy afternoon, booking nine players and sending off John-Joe O’Toole, but came in for post-match criticism from representatives from both clubs.

Richards, though, did have a word of praise for the official for holding his nerve and making the decision at such a tense time of the game.

“I have to say congratulations for Ivan for getting the penalty - he worked tremendously hard and he’s got that in his locker where he can just put the ball through a player’s legs and the lad just took him out,” said Richards.

“I was trying to get the referee to speed things up because Mansfield tried to slow it down just like they’d slowed everything down all afternoon after they scored.

“It wasn’t a pretty game to watch and it wasn’t a pretty game to be involved in either.

“Without a doubt, it’s a brave decision, especially with them being 1-0 up and it being in front of their own fans.

“It was probably the one decision he got right and thankfully it earned us a point but we’ve played better than that and lost this season.”

There were some suggestions from the Mansfield camp that Toney dived to win the penalty and that he was not in control of the ball but the teenage striker denies both of those accusations.

“If he (Brown) wasn’t in the way I would have got on the end of it,” said Toney. “He body-checked me and I would have had a clear shot if he hadn’t done that.

“He’s body-checked me and it was a penalty because if it wasn’t, the ref wouldn’t have given it.

“If it’s a foul, it’s a foul and he obviously thought that it was a foul.”

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Furious Mansfield boss Murray blasts ‘embarrassing’ penalty decision
northamptonchron.co.uk, by Jefferson Lake, jefferson.lake@northantsnews.co.uk

Mansfield manager Adam Murray described the decision to award the Cobblers a penalty against his side as ‘embarrassing’ and said it felt like he had been ‘stabbed in the heart’.

http://www.northamptonchron.co.uk/sport/furious-mansfield-boss-murray-blasts-embarrassing-penalty-decision-1-6581410

The Stags player-boss said it deprived his team of what should have been a deserved win against Town, who played for an hour with 10 men following John-Joe O’Toole’s sending-off.

Referee Lee Collins awarded the spot-kick after Ivan Toney had nutmegged and been fouled by Junior Brown in the third minute of time added on.

Marc Richards confidently stroked home the penalty for his 17th goal of the season to ensure the game ended in a 1-1 draw.

But Murray, who brought himself on as an 86th-minute substitute in a bid to help seal a much-needed victory for the league two strugglers, did not think the spot-kick should have been given.

“We have been cheated - simple as that,” said Murray. “He’s given the penalty against someone who didn’t even go in for the challenge.

“Their lad shoved the ball through Junior’s legs and Junior’s never moved.

“The scariest thing is that I was joking with the fourth official that because he’s sent one of their players off he would be giving every little thing their way. It is embarrassing and I am gutted for the lads.

“You can’t even speak to them (the officials) afterwards. They have half an hour to get their story right between them.

“These lads work their socks off seven days a week, so to take that away from them at the end and to have attitude with it as well is embarrassing.”

Murray also confirmed he had players in the dressing room ‘virtually in tears’ after the game and that the Cobblers’ late penalty left him feeling as though he had been ‘stabbed in the heart’.

“We were up against a top side and, once we’d settled down after the first 15 minutes, we played some great stuff,” he said. “But this is the period we are going through.

“I think we showed in the second half after the goal that we are a team that are near the bottom of the table. We got anxious and I think everyone in the ground got anxious.

“It can be harder playing against 10 men than against 11. but our game plan worked for 92 minutes and we have been robbed.

“We have players in there virtually in tears, it means that much to them. It feels like we have been stabbed in the heart.

“I can’t work these boys any harder or prepare them any better. We just have to keep doing what we are doing. In life you can either lay down and die and feel sorry for yourself or come back biting.

“I have never given in to a fight or battle in my life and I am not starting now.

“It feels like a loss tonight though in the position where we are it is a very, very good point for us, but we deserved a win. It feels like it’s been taken away from us.”

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Mansfield Town manager Adam Murray told BBC Radio Nottingham:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/31423550

"I'm devastated. In hindsight it's a good point, but having been in the lead we feel raw.
"It's a draw but it feels like we have been beat. We are hurting at the minute but we will come out fighting on Tuesday. It was never a penalty."

Northampton Town assistant manager Alan Knill told BBC Radio Northampton:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/31423550

"We're delighted to get a point at the end, but I thought we could have even had all three.
"I thought we were excellent in the second half and with 10 men we really took the game to Mansfield.
"With the fans we had here it felt like we were the home team, it was a fantastic effort by the supporters and by the team."

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Mansfield Town 1 Northampton Town 1: Match analysis: 'We were cheated,' rages Stags boss Adam Murray
Nottingham Post, By Sarah Clapson

It wasn't just the physical exertion in evidence when Adam Murray emerged to face the media early Saturday evening; the raw emotion was clear too.

Read more: http://www.nottinghampost.com/Mansfield-Town-1-Northampton-Town-1-Match/story-26029391-detail/story.html?#ixzz3RqrsvILM

Still in his Mansfield Town kit and sweat dripping from his furrowed brow, the manager let rip.

Perhaps his views would have been a little more considered had he spent the afternoon in his more recent uniform of shirt and tie, but fuelled by adrenaline and having been right amid the blood and thunder of this match, he was taking no prisoners.

His team had just experienced the footballing equivalent of being dumped over dinner on Valentine's Day.

Not only that, their relationship with the Football League is in jeopardy too; threatening to end in another break-up.

And Murray wasn't in the mood for forgiveness.

"We've been cheated, simple as that," he fumed.

Referee Lee Collins was the subject of his verbal volley; a stoppage time penalty the reason behind Murray's rage.

In the absence of an explanation from the official, confusion reigned over who the spot-kick was given against, with Lee Beevers seemingly getting the blame for a foul made by Junior Brown on Ivan Toney.

Either way, the Stags boss made his feelings clear.

"He's given a penalty against someone who wasn't even on the ball. He's given it against one of our other players who didn't even go in for the challenge," he continued.

"Apparently the lineswoman has given it.

"He stuck it through Junior's legs, Junior's not moved, the ball's gone out of play and he's given a penalty.

"Then he's had the cheek to say it was another player when it wasn't."

Whether or not that was a case of mistaken identity, there was no lack of clarity over who had the upper hand at that point.

Mansfield were a goal and a man better off than their opponents - thanks to Vadaine Oliver's sixth of the season and John-Joe O'Toole's red card - but you wouldn't have known it.

And as much as Murray and his team can feel hard done by, they at least helped to dig the hole themselves.

Not killing the game off cost them three points as much as any refereeing decision.

They had looked bright in the first half but dropped deeper and deeper after going ahead.

It is a position they have been in several times before - and they bear the scars of past surrenders, with nerves evident in the closing stages.

It is why Mansfield find themselves in a relegation battle. They struggle to retain leads. The crowd know it too.

Murray admitted there was an anxiety about the One Call Stadium in the closing minutes - that's why he decided to enter the fray.

It brought rapturous applause and chants of 'Adam Murray's barmy army' from the home fans - which made the sense of deflation at the final whistle even more difficult to stomach.

The manager's job now is to focus and build on the positives. And there were plenty.

The first half in particular, offers hope for the final stretch, especially coming as it did after a tame display at Morecambe in midweek.

Teenager Jack Thomas stepped up to the plate superbly on his debut, Ricky Ravenhill didn't look like a man who was 'touch and go' with a hamstring injury, Reggie Lambe gave a lively display and Oliver was a battering ram up front.

The latter almost crafted an opening several times in the first half, twice setting up Simon Heslop as well as sending a drive inches past the far post.

It was Heslop though, who went closest to breaking the deadlock. He had already called goalkeeper Matt Duke into action on two occasions before curling a free-kick on to the crossbar on the half hour.

It looked like the Stags' hopes of getting the goal they deserved were given a boost with 36 minutes gone when O'Toole was given his marching orders.

The travelling supporters had arrived in number wearing wigs and headbands on a day dedicated to the charismatic midfielder, whose recent upturn in form has mirrored his side's rise up the table.

His manager though, will have been left tearing his own hair out at O'Toole's moment of madness.

He had already been booked just two minutes earlier, but received a straight red for lashing out at Ritchie Sutton as the Cobblers prepared to take a corner, albeit he claimed it was a reaction to being held in a headlock by the Stags defender.

Although they couldn't make the extra man count before the break, the hosts took just three minutes to do so after the restart.

A free-kick from Beevers found its way through a packed penalty box and reached Oliver at the far post, where he knocked home a simple finish.

Far from being a springboard however, that was just about the only effort Mansfield managed in the second period. For the last 20 minutes they barely got out of their own half.

Jason Taylor headed against the bar from a corner, while a sliding tackle from Ryan Tafazolli denied Lawson D'Ath in the box and Lenny Pidgeley beat away Marc Richards' free-kick.

Heading into the second of five minutes added time, the Stags' hopes of hanging on were scuppered by the referee's signal.

Richards thumped home the spot-kick and Pidgeley was left thumping the ground in frustration at the final whistle.

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Mansfield Town boss Murray lashes out at 'embarrassing' referee
Nottingham Post, By Sarah Clapson

Mansfield Town boss Adam Murray dubbed the standard of refereeing ‘embarrassing’ after Mansfield Town’s 1-1 draw with Northampton Town.

Read more: http://www.nottinghampost.com/Mansfield-Town-boss-Murray-lashes-embarrassing/story-26029250-detail/story.html?#ixzz3RqsDFzFY

Murray felt his side had been ‘robbed’ of three points after a stoppage time penalty awarded by referee Lee Collins saw Marc Richards cancel out Vadaine Oliver’s opener.

It wasn’t clear, though, who the spot-kick was given against as the Stags claimed Lee Beevers was penalised for a foul made by Junior Brown after both closed in on Ivan Toney.

Murray raged: “The scariest thing about it is that ten minutes into the second half, I turned to the fourth official and said, ‘because he (the referee) has sent one of theirs off (in John-Joe O’Toole), every little free-kick he’s giving their way’. He actually agreed with me. It is embarrassing.

“I’m gutted for these lads, absolutely gutted.

“We came up against a team in top form in the league. When we settled down, after the first 15 minutes, we played some great stuff.

“We deserved the win. It sums up the period we’re in.

“You can’t even talk to them (the officials) afterwards - they have half an hour to get the story right between them. It’s pointless.

“It’s frustrating because they don’t understand these lads work seven days a week, working their socks off. They go through brick walls for three points and for someone to take it away from you, and to have an attitude with it as well, it’s embarrassing.”

Mansfield had, however, come under pressure late on in the game before the decision was given.

“I think we showed in the second half, after we got the goal, that we are a team near the bottom of the table because we got anxious. I think everybody in the ground got anxious,” Murray added.

“It’s always going to happen. And when you’re playing against ten men it’s harder than playing against 11 men.

“The game plan worked for 92 minutes and we’ve been robbed.

“I can’t work these boys any harder. Tactically, physically, we can’t prepare them any better; they can’t do any more.

“Sometimes in life these things happen and you either give in, lie down and die and feel sorry for yourself or you come back fighting again - and that’s what we’ll do.”

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Martin Riley @LifeofRiley6
Robbed again by another joey in injury time. I hope they get punished but i doubt anything will be done. Gutted for the lads
Congratulations to @JackThomas06 for his MOM on his full debut. Great performance

Jack Thomas
Mixed emotions about today!! Over the moon to have started and get man of the match but to be robbed is hard to take

Lenny Pidgeley @pidge40
Was that some kind of sick joke #Pen93rdMin
Who duppied me in the red card melee #Weights

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NORTHAMPTON TOWN WON'T APPEAL JOHN-JOE O'TOOLE RED CARD
ntfc.co.uk, 16th February 2015, by Gareth Willsher

Cobblers not to appeal against sending off at Mansfield Town

Read more at http://www.ntfc.co.uk/news/article/mansfield-northampton-john-joe-otoole-jjot-day-2273019.aspx#j2VZXIoOMcPJUGki.99

This is the incident that led to John-Joe O'Toole's red card on Saturday.

While we believe John-Joe was harshly treated, after taking advice, we will not be appealing the red card.

For all the talk about the late penalty, the footage does show we should also have been awarded a penalty in this incident when the Mansfield defender has John-Joe in a headlock.

Had a penalty been awarded, we believe it would have had the double effect of keeping eleven players on the field because the incident would not have escalated.

But, of course John-Joe should not have reacted, he only does so under provocation but he should not have done so and he must now serve a 3 match ban.

We move on by thanking each of the 1,200 + fans who made the trip to Mansfield. When we left the One Call Stadium last season, it was for the start of a seven month spell in the bottom two. This time around we are in 11th place, and looking to continue that progress.

Thank you for your support.

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