Refereeing decisions all went against Posh

Posh defender Ricardo Santos is dejected as Preston players celebrate their opening goal behind him. Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com.
Posh defender Ricardo Santos is dejected as Preston players celebrate their opening goal behind him. Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com.
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Peterborough United manager Dave Robertson claimed crucial refereeing decisions went against his side in last night’s (March 17) 2-0 League One defeat at Preston North End.

Match referee Geoff Eltringham angered Posh officials for failing to send off home centre-back Paul Huntington for denying an obvious goalscoring opportunity following a foul on Luke James just before half-time when the score was 1-0.

Robertson also believed his team could have had numerous penalties as Preston players were given carte blanche to manhandle Posh players in the penalty area at set-pieces.

The defeat brought to an end Robertson’s perfect record as Posh manager, but his team remain in seventh place, just one point outside the play-off places. Posh have a key game against eighth-placed Chesterfield at The ABAX Stadium on Saturday (March 21).

“The lads dug deep and gave 100 per cent and that’s all we are asking of them right now, but certain breaks didn’t go our way in this game,” Robertson said.

“The referee had a big decision to make just before half-time when their player has fouled Luke when he is clean through on goal, but he didn’t make it in our favour. We also could have had three penalties as our players were constantly manhandled in the penalty area. Kyle Vassell was dragged down in the penalty area in the last two minutes as well when nothing was given.

“It’s gone now though. We always knew this would be a tough game against a strong Preston side and at least it hasn’t affected the league table. We’ve won four of our last five games so confidence will still be high for what is a big game against Chesterfield this Saturday.

“We caused Preston problems at times. We tried to be positive and we tried to get crosses in the box, but this time things didn’t go our way.

“I am confident there will be no problem bouncing back. We have a strong, talented group of players who have good character. Win or lose we will do the right thing and prepare well for the next game.”

Posh winger Joe Newell finished the game with a sore shoulder, but he is expected to be fit for the Chesterfield match.